Beyond mind–body dualism: embracing pluralism in psychiatric researchintroduction to the special issue, “Psychiatry and Its Philosophy”


The special issue, “Psychiatry and Its Philosophy,” focuses on addressing the mindbrain dualism and connected problems in the clinical and scientific contexts of psychiatry. Authors in this special issue address the theoretical disagreements that are manifest in the clinical and scientific goals of psychiatry and explore the possibility of reconciling the claim that research on psychopathology needs to be scientific with the claim that it needs to address the needs of patients in the clinic. Our approach is forward looking and concerned with drawing on ideas and methods from the philosophy of science (including philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience) and philosophy of mind to promote pluralism in psychiatry.

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Most of the papers in this special issue have been presented at the Early Career Scholars Philosophy of Psychiatry Conference that the editors of the special issue organized at the Center of Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. We would like to acknowledge John Norton (then Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh) as well as the organizing committee, William Bechtel, Trey Boone, Mazviita Chirimuuta, Peter Machamer, Kenneth Schaffner, and Kathryn Tabb for their contributions. In addition, we thank the conference keynotes, Jennifer Radden and John Sadler as well as the roundtable moderator Rob Wilson for leading an engaging discussion on the themes of the conference.

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Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. Beyond mind–body dualism: embracing pluralism in psychiatric researchintroduction to the special issue, “Psychiatry and Its Philosophy”. Synthese 196, 2111–2115 (2019).

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  • Philosophy
  • Psychiatry
  • Science
  • Pluralism
  • Mind–body dualism