Philosophy and Psychiatry (PHIL2627)


Can the concept 'mental illness' be a valid one? What might delusions tell us about the structure of the mind? What assumptions underlie attempts to classify mental disorder? Can we be justified in compelling people to submit to psychiatric treatment? This unit will examine philosophical questions raised by mental disorder and our attempts to understand/treat it, and will connect psychiatry to debates in philosophy such as the mind/body problem, the concept of a person, and the possibility of knowledge.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


2x2250wd Essays (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points of Philosophy) or (12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies)



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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.