We are pleased that Warren Kinghorn (Duke, Divinity School and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) will present his paper “The Political Science of Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Moral Defense of the DSM” (which is forthcoming in a collection on philosophical issues in psychiatry that Gary and Dan are editing) at the next meeting of PPRG, which will be on Wednesday, October 22 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in room 213 of Caldwell Hall. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Dan (email@example.com) if you plan to attend or would like a copy of the reading.
The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) has a new webpage. Here’ a link to it:
There you can find a link to their new AAPP blog.
At the next PPRG meeting Larisa Svirsky will lead a discussion of Hanna Pickard’s paper “Responsibility without Blame: Philosophical Reflections on Clinical Practice”–including a commentary by Lisa Ward (Chapter 66 of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, pp.1134-1154).
Abstract: “Effective treatment of disorders of agency presents a clinical conundrum. Many of the core symptoms or maintaining factors are actions and omissions that cause harm to self and others. Encouraging service users to take responsibility for this behavior is central to treatment. Blame, in contrast, is detrimental. How is it possible to hold service users responsible for actions and omissions that cause harm without blaming them? A solution to this problem is part conceptual, part practical. This chapter offers a conceptual framework that clearly distinguishes between ideas of responsibility, blameworthiness, and “detached” and “affective” blame. It argues that affective blame is detrimental to effective treatment. And it suggests that affective blame can be avoided by attention to service users’ past history, which directly evokes compassion and empathy. Finally, the chapter briefly considers whether the clinical stance of responsibility without blame should be adopted in non-clinical interpersonal and social contexts.”
We will meet on Wednesday, Oct 1. from 7:00pm-8:30pm in room 213 of Caldwell Hall. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Dan if you plan to attend or would like a copy of the reading.
At the next PPRG meeting Molly Gardner will lead a discussion of Lauren Greenfield’s 2006 documentary “Thin.” The film is available streaming via Amazon Prime. We will meet on Wednesday, September 17 from 7:30pm-9:00pm in room 213 of Caldwell Hall. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Dan if you plan to attend or have any questions about the meeting.
Note: we are meeting 30 minutes later than usual so that the PPRG meeting does not conflict with the PPE talk by David Lefkowitz that meets in room 105 of Caldwell Hall from 6:00pm-7:30pm.