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Ingra R. Schellenberg
PHIL 401
Seattle Campus

Advanced Topics in Philosophy

A study of philosophical topics at the advanced level. Topics vary.

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Topic: Philosophy of Psychopathology. In this course, we will examine psychopathological phenomena, and raise critical questions about how those phenomena are understood and dealt with. We will begin by asking what a psychopathology is, and how such pathologies seem to be caused by brain events, but also can be responsive to talk therapy. We will then turn to common psychopathological diagnoses: depression, autism, delusions, PTSD, anorexia, addiction, personality disorders, DID/ MPD. In our explorations of these cases, we will consider the problems and benefits of some different methods used to diagnose and treat psychopathologies. We will also use the psychopathological phenomena to explore traditional philosophical questions in metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. In this course, I hope to help you: (1) understand some major debates within the field of philosophy of psychiatry and moral psychology; (2); critically examine some common concepts and arguments used in the discussion of psychopathology; (3) use psychopathological cases to illuminate traditional philosophical questions; (4) (further) develop skills in presenting and critiquing philosophical arguments. (joint w/B H 497A)

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/18/2013