It is time for me to update my entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Mental Illness. I wrote it originally in 2001, and I did some updates in the bibliography in 2005.
It has 3 main sections:
1. Does Mental Illness Exist?
2. Is There an Objective Way to Classify Mental Illnesses?
3. When are People with Mental Illnesses Responsible for Symptomatic Behavior?
I am reluctant to cut these, but it's clear that I could add many topics, and I would want to update the existing sections. But how to prioritize? One of the most obvious missing topics is on making sense of psychosis and delusions; another is on the relation between psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience. But what else?
I'd appreciate suggestions from others on this. One thing to keep on mind is that the topic is philosophy of mental illness rather than the philosophy of psychiatry, and the original idea behind this was that it was a narrower topic, although thinking about it now, it is not so clear to me why this should be so.
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