Derek Bolton, "Mind, Meaning, and Mental Disorder: The Nature of Causal Explanation in Psychology and Psychiatry"



Derek Bolton, "Mind, Meaning, and Mental Disorder: The Nature of Causal Explanation in Psychology and Psychiatry"
Publisher: Oxford University Press | ISBN: 019851560X | edition 2004 | File type: PDF | 430 pages | 1,86 mb

This book represents a significant leap in our understanding of mental disorder. If we existed in a world where society was guided by the latest efforts of sharp thinkers (rather than cost/benefit analysis) then we should be seeing major changes in the existing insitutions that provide care for people with 'mental health problems'. The book begins with the following thesis: Intentional (meaningful) mental states are causal as they can be used in the explanation / prediction of action. They attend to this thesis in the first part of the book. These mental states are not reducible to physical states, rather they are 'encoded' in physical states in the brain, something akin to how information for producing a particular phenotype is encoded in the DNA molecule.

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