Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2054: Philosophy of Psychiatry

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sam Wilkinson (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will examine the ways in which philosophy and psychiatry can inform each other. You will consider the relationship between healthy and pathological forms of human experience, while applying philosophical argument and analysis so as to improve your conceptual thinking regarding issues such as the nature of mental illness, psychiatric diagnosis and scientific explanation in psychiatry. You will also explore the possible role of psychiatric conditions as a way of informing philosophical theorizing. For example, do delusions tell us something about the nature of belief (a central concept in philosophy of mind and epistemology)? Along the way, you will examine the application of emerging models in the sciences of the mind to specific psychiatric conditions.

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