• Author's reply to comments on J. RADDEN, Imagined and delusional pain, Forum Imagining pain, in: «Rivista internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia», vol. XII, n. 2, 2021, pp. 151-206.
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    Imagined and delusional pain
    Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia 12 (2): 151-166. 2021.
    : Extreme pain and suffering are associated with depression as well as tissue damage. The impossibility of imagining any feelings of pain and suffering intersect with two matters: the kind of imagining involved, and the nature of delusions. These two correspond to the sequence of the following discussion, in which it is contended first that feelings of pain and suffering resist being imagined in a certain, key way, and second that, given a certain analysis of delusional thought, this precludes t…Read more
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    Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention, Volume Two in the Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics series, brings the most recent advances and information on Neuroethics and Bioethics. Chapters in this new release include Machine learning and suicide prevention: Considering context as a guide to ethical design, Identifying adolescents at risk of depression in global health: Benefits and risks, Ethics of early intervention and early detection i…Read more
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    Forced Feeding for Anorexia: Soft or Hard Paternalism?
    Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 28 (2): 159-162. 2021.
    My thanks to Professors Hawkins and Szmukler for their thoughtful commentaries; I am particularly glad to see these scholars' valuable expertise directed toward what raises pressing issues not only for psychiatry but for contemporary society.Prof. Hawkins reasons that the use of forced feeding with some anorexia is justified, while emphasizing that this will occur rarely. She and I are in agreement that a mere handful of cases may be affected by our debate, since anecdotal evidence from clinical…Read more
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    Food Refusal, Anorexia and Soft Paternalism: What's at Stake?
    Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 28 (2): 141-150. 2021.
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    In this chapter we outline ethical issues raised by the application of public health approaches to the field of mental health. We first set out some of the basics of public health ethics that are particularly relevant to mental health, with special attention to the ongoing debate over the traditional presumption of non-infringement, increased recognition of the social determinants of health, and the concept of prevention. Then we turn to the moral particularities of mental health, focusing on qu…Read more
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    Among the ideas and themes in Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy with apparent bearing on the treatment of depression in our own times, four are the subject of the present chapter. First, these herbal and other remedies were to be taken as part of a broader regimen of which no single part could be omitted. The regulation of exercise, fresh air, sleep, diet, evacuation, and feelings, believed to together keep the bodily humors in healthy balance, demanded habits and practices that were essential acco…Read more
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    In this introduction to the edited volume we briefly describe some of the current challenges faced by public mental health initiatives, at both the national and global level. We also include several general remarks on interdisciplinary methodology in public mental health ethics, followed by short descriptions of the chapters included in the volume.
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    Melancholy as Disease: Learning about Depression as Disease from Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy
    Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 25 (4): 225-234. 2018.
    Psychiatry has a habit of ignoring its past, which is understandable but, in some instances, a mistake. It is my contention that some of the lacunae about mood disorder in today's psychiatric understanding and treatment may be illuminated by the medical lore captured in Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (1621). The implications of the present analysis for network based accounts of depression seem to encourage a reconsideration of therapeutic and remedial principles based on those found in Burton's …Read more
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    Rethinking disease in psychiatry: Disease models and the medical imaginary
    Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 24 (5): 1087-1092. 2018.
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    Second Thoughts: Revoking Decisions Over One’s Own Future
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (4): 787-801. 1994.
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    The Grammar of Justice
    Philosophical Review 99 (3): 463. 1990.
  • Jennifer Radden finds, within Robert Burton's religious and humoral explanations in his Anatomy of Melancholy, a remarkably coherent account of normal and abnormal psychology with echoes in modern day clinical psychology.
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    On Delusion
    Routledge. 2010.
    Delusions play a fundamental role in the history of psychology, philosophy and culture, dividing not only the mad from the sane but reason from unreason. Yet the very nature and extent of delusions are poorly understood. What are delusions? How do they differ from everyday errors or mistaken beliefs? Are they scientific categories? In this superb, panoramic investigation of delusion Jennifer Radden explores these questions and more, unravelling a fascinating story that ranges from Descartes’s de…Read more
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    Psychiatric ethics as professional and biomedical ethics -- The distinctiveness of the psychiatric setting -- Psychiatric ethics as virtue ethics -- Elements of a gender-sensitive ethics for psychiatry -- Some virtues for psychiatrists -- Character and social role -- Case studies in psychiatric virtues.
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    This book addresses these and a cluster of other questions about changes in the self through time and about the moral attitudes we adopt in the face of these...
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    Sigewiza's cure
    Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 14 (4). 2007.
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    Public Mental Health and Prevention
    Public Health Ethics 11 (2): 126-138. 2018.
    Although employed throughout health-related rhetoric and research today, prevention it is an ambiguous and complicated category when applied to mental and behavioral health. It is analyzed here, along with four ethical issues arising when public health preventative methods and goals involve mental health: age of intervention; resource priorities between prevention and treatment; substantive issues in preventive pedagogies and trade-offs framed by differences of approach. Illustrations include so…Read more
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    Diseases as excuses: Durham and the insanity plea (review)
    Philosophical Studies 42 (3). 1982.
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    Defining self-deception
    Dialogue 23 (1): 103-120. 1984.
    In this paper I shall first expose a weakness shared by several philosophical discussions of self-deception: I shall show that these discussions have failed to give it a complete analysis. The apparent phenomenon of self-deception is all too familiar, and yet its adequate characterization in general terms is wanting. More exactly, I shall argue that to understand self-deception statically, as these accounts have done, has been—and must be—to fail to give a characterization of it as a state of mi…Read more
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    Gabriele Taylor., Pride, Shame and Guilt
    International Studies in Philosophy 21 (1): 119-119. 1989.
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    Chemical sanity and personal identity
    Public Affairs Quarterly 3 (3): 64-79. 1989.
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    Second Thoughts: Revoking Decisions Over One’s Own Future
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (4): 787-801. 1994.