Pathologizing Body and Mind

Leuven Philosophy of Medicine Conference 2015
KU Leuven, 15-16 October 2015

The Centre for Analytic Philosophy will be organizing a conference on the philosophy of medicine that will take place on 15-16 October 2015.
Hieronymus Bosch
This conference will focus on the rather controversial relation between mental and physical disease. While some describe (and decry) mental illness as a social construction, other recent theories try to establish what is unique about psychopathology. Should there be two separate disease concepts, one dedicated to the mental and the other to the physical realm? Or does such a dualistic approach problematically divide up biological reality? There are also many attempts to describe disease in more general terms, regardless of where it is located in the body. Can such attempts, ranging from networks and systems theories to claims that disease is a bio-social phenomenon, provide a way to capture the similarities and distinctions between mental and physical diseases?Conference website:
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