Supernatural: Mental illnesses, like all illness, are caused by supernatural forces such as possession by evil spirits.
Hippocratic: Mental illnesses result from humoral imbalances. Diseases: Phrenitis, melancholia, mania.
Freud: Neuroses derive from sexual experiences in childhood.
Neurological: Mental illnesses derive from malfunctions in neurochemistry.
Social (Szasz): Mental illness is a social construction.
Multifactorial: Mental illness results from an interplay of genetic and environmental factors.
Diagnostic Criteria for Mental Disorders
I. Nov.23: Life and death: Mikhael, Toombs, Bullen, Carriere, Isenberg.
II. Nov. 23: Consciousness. Christelis, Menken, Osterberg, Stumpf.
III. Nov. 30: Psychological explanation: Carvalho, Finn, Lockhart, Moore.
IV. Nov. 30: Illness: Grupp, Heckbert, Honeyford, Oliver, Poproski.
Each presentation should be no more than 8 minutes, allowing 2 minutes for questions. Each symposium will be followed by 10 minutes of general discussion. The presentations should outline the central issues of your topic and your general arguments and conclusions.
Life, Mind, and Disease
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Nov. 1, 2004