Neurophilosophy and Psychiatry

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Doel vak

The aim of the course is to give the student an introduction into
philosophical issues at the interface between neuroscience and the
clinical practice of psychiatry. The course will more specifically give
in-depth philosophical insight into - discussions on the psychiatric
concept of disease - merits and pitfalls of attempts to found this
concept solely on neuroscientific grounds
- merits and pitfalls of a primarily neuroscientific approach of
psychopathology - the nature of clinical practice and how this practice
impacts on what clinicians see as 'disorder'

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Psychiatry is sometimes depicted as an applied form of brain science.
The course gives an introduction to the merits and pitfalls of this
view. Attention will be paid to neuroscientific approaches to the
concept of disorder and their implications for diagnosis and
classification (DSM, RDoC). The neuroscientific perspective will be
compared with other perspectives. All these perspectives will be
situated in the broader context of a philosophy of psychopathology.
During the course it will be pointed out how epistemic discussions about
diagnosis and classification intersect with the ontologies behind the
concepts of disorder. This will be done in four important areas of
psychopathology: psychosis, anxiety and mood disorder, addiction and
personality disorder.


- lectures
- study of literature
- assignments
- group discussion


- Assignments + other contributions in class (40%)
- Final paper (3000 words) (60%)

The assignments and other contributions in the classroom are evaluated
on the basis of the following points:
- Overall quality of summaries (clarity, succinctness, focus)
- Relevance (questions, remarks)
- Presentation (skills, use of digital media, quality of discussion)

The final paper is assessed on the basis of the following points:
- Clarity of research question/topic
- Clear description of the way the question/topic is methodically
- Relevant, succinct and focused summary of findings and arguments in
the literature
- Quality of the argumentation
- Is the conclusion based on the preceding findings and reasonings?

Vereiste voorkennis

Meeting of general admission criteria for the program as a whole; no
additional requirements.


A reading list will be published on Canvas.
Recommended: D, Murphy (2006). Psychiatry in the Scientific Image.
Cambridge: MIT Press.


Research master neuroscience students and those with equal

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_MA_NSNE
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. G. Glas
Examinator prof. dr. G. Glas
Docenten prof. dr. G. Glas
dr. ing. L.C. de Bruin

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