Beyond Psychiatry: Rethinking Madness Outside Medicine


Thu Feb 29 2024 at 06:30 pm to 08:15 pm


Swedenborg Hall | London, EN

The 2023/4 Royal Institute of Philosophy London Lecture Series is on the theme Madness and Mental Health.
About this Event

What is mental health? Can we make sense of psychosis? What's the connection between mental health and concepts including race & evolution? Explore these questions, among others, through the lens of philosophy at the 2023/4 London Lectures.

Beyond Psychiatry: Rethinking Madness Outside Medicine

Speaker: Justin Garson is professor of philosophy at City University of New York.

Since the 1970s, psychiatry has been in the grip of a paradigm I call ‘madness-as-dysfunction’. In this view, mental disorders happen when something inside the person isn’t working as it should, or is ‘broken.’ In my historical work, I’ve identified an alternate paradigm, which I call ‘madness-as-strategy,’ which sees mental illness in terms of purpose, adaptation and function. Here I contrast these frameworks and outline their implications for research, treatment and stigma.


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Swedenborg Hall, Barter Street, London, United Kingdom

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