- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Psychopathology1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 29/11/2018 21:04:19): Psychopathology
- Psychopathological cases are useful as real-life thought experiments4 for teasing out issues in the topic of personal identity, as in psychology generally, though it’s strictly-speaking of more interest to those espousing varieties of the psychological view5 than to animalists6 like myself.
- The underlying assumption is that pathological cases have lessons for the general non-pathological case. It is only when a hidden process goes wrong that we get clues as to how it works.
- It is somewhat moot – though maybe not hugely relevant to my concerns – just what conditions count as pathological. Not everyone agrees that the latest edition of DSM7 has it right, as many social and political factors enter into the choices.
- The topic of aphasia – loss of the ability to speak – is of particular interest given the inclusion of language as a defining characteristic of persons8 – on some accounts.
- The same might be said of deficits of memory9 or of sense of self10 (autism).
- See also my Notes on:-
→ Clinical Observations11
→ Multiple Personality Disorder13, and
- For a page of Links15 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read16, include17 the following:-
- "Aamodt (Caitlin) - On shared false memories: what lies behind the Mandela effect?", Aamodt
- "Baskin-Sommers (Arielle) - Psychopaths have feelings: can they learn how to use them?", Baskin-Sommers
- "Benson (Ophelia) - This Isn't My Body", Benson
- "Carruthers (Peter) - Autism as Mind-Blindness: an Elaboration and Partial Defence", Carruthers
- "Graham (George) - Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction - Preface", Graham
- "Hale (Sheila) - The Man Who Lost His Language", Hale
- "Potter (Harry), Shears (Tara), Carlisle (Clare) & Broks (Paul) - How Can I Know Anything at All?", Potter
- "Schwyter (Jörg) - ‘Me talk funny’ - A stroke patient’s personal account", Schwyter
- "Schwyter (Jörg) - Losing Language: Multilingualism and Aphasia", Schwyter
- "Smith (Barry C.), Broks (Paul), Kennedy (A.L.) & Evans (Jules) - What Does It Mean to Be Me?", Smith
- "Svoboda (Elizabeth) - The kindled brain", Svoboda
- "Wilkes (Kathleen) - Mental Deficiency, Breakdown, and Insanity", Wilkes
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "American Psychiatric Association - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III)", APA
- "Broks (Paul) - Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology", Broks
- "Eccles (John) - The Language Centres of the Human Brain", Eccles
- "Graham (George) & Stephens (G. Lynn) - Philosophical Psychopathology", Graham
- "Maibom (Heidi L.) - Moral Unreason: The Case of Psychopathy", Maibom
- "Mercer (Jean) - Explaining Personality: Soul Theory versus Behavior Genetics", Mercer
- "Nichols (Shaun) & Stich (Stephen) - How to Read Your Own Mind: A Cognitive Theory of Self-Consciousness", Nichols & Stich
- "Sacks (Oliver) - A Leg to Stand On", Sacks
- "Sacks (Oliver) - An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales", Sacks
- "Sacks (Oliver) - The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat", Sacks
- "Seeger (Max) - Immunity and Self-Awareness", Seeger
- "Spitzer (Robert), Skodol (Andrew), Gibbon (Miriam) & Williams (Janet) - DSM-III Casebook: A Learning Companion to DSM III", Spitzer
- "Wearing (Deborah) - Forever Today - A Memoir of Love and Amnesia", Wearing
- "Weisman (David) - Dissolution into Death: The Mind’s Last Symptoms Indicate Annihilation", Weisman
- This is mostly a place-holder18.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (29/11/2018 21:04:19).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
Footnote 7: Footnote 15:
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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