Externalism and the limits of biological psychiatry (online)
24 September 2020 - 17:00-18:15
Anneli Jefferson (Cardiff University): Externalism and the Limits of Biological Psychiatry
Externalist theories of mind claim that cognitive states and activities are not purely ‘inside the head’. Rather, they are said to depend on or be constituted by factors outside the individual’s brain. It has recently been claimed that psychiatry is externalist in important ways, and that this fact discredits brain focused approaches to mental health which characterise mental disorders as brain disorders. In my talk, I show that externalism is compatible with these approaches to mental disorder but puts important constraints on them.