Parkville, Victoria, Australia
In 1968 Jennifer H. Radden received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne.
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
In 1971 Jennifer H. Radden obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the Oxford University and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1976.
(If people change radically as a result of mental disturba...)
If people change radically as a result of mental disturbance or brain damage or disease, how should we acknowledge that change in the way in which we respond to them? And how should society and the law acknowledge that change, particularly in cases of multiple-personality and manic-depressive disorders? This book addresses these and a cluster of other questions about changes in the self through time and about the moral attitudes we adopt in the face of these changes. The result is a broad-ranging interdisciplinary discussion at the boundaries of psychiatry, philosophy, law, and social policy. Theories of personal identity are applied to, and clarified in light of, the appearance of multiple selves in a variety of personality and identity disturbances.Divided minds force us to clarify our thinking about human subjectivity, Radden points out, and when they result in a succession of "selves," they provoke interesting ethical and legal issues. Radden provides a clear and thorough discussion of basic issues faced by clinicians and philosophers contending with the unity of consciousness and personal identity, particularly in the area of dissociative disorders, where issues of unity of consciousness have a direct impact on clinical and forensic decisions.
(This is a comprehensive resource of original essays by le...)
This is a comprehensive resource of original essays by leading thinkers exploring the newly emerging inter-disciplinary field of the philosophy of psychiatry. The contributors aim to define this exciting field and to highlight the philosophical assumptions and issues that underlie psychiatric theory and practice, the category of mental disorder, and rationales for its social, clinical and legal treatment.
(In Moody Minds Distempered philosopher Jennifer Radden as...)
In Moody Minds Distempered philosopher Jennifer Radden assembles several decades of her research on melancholy and depression. The chapters are ordered into three categories: those about intellectual and medical history of melancholy and depression; those that emphasize aspects of the moral, psychological and medical features of these concepts; and finally, those that explore the sad and apprehensive mood states long associated with melancholy and depressive subjectivity. A newly written introduction maps the conceptual landscape, and draws out the analytic and thematic interconnections between the chapters. Radden emphasizes and develops several new themes: the implications, theoretical phenomenological and moral, of recognizing melancholy and depressive states as mood states; questions of method, as they affect how we understand and characterize claims about melancholy and depression; and the persistence and force of cultural tropes linking such states to brilliance, creativity, and sagacity. Insights from literature and the history of medicine, psychology, and psychiatry are woven together with those from the more recent disciplines of feminist theory and cultural studies. This is interdisciplinary writing at its best-part analytic philosophy, and part history of ideas.
(The context for this interdisciplinary work by a philosop...)
The context for this interdisciplinary work by a philosopher and a clinician is the psychiatric care provided to those with severe mental disorders. Such a setting makes distinctive moral demands on the very character of the practitioner, it is shown, calling for special virtues and greater virtue than many other practice settings. In a practice so attentive to the patient's self identity, the authors promote a heightened awareness of cultural and particularly gender issues. By elucidating the nature of the moral psychology and character of the good psychiatrist, this work provides a sustained application of virtue theory to clinical practice. With its roots in Aristotelian writing, The Virtuous Psychiatrist presents virtue traits as habits, able to be cultivated and enhanced through training. The book describes these traits, and how they can be habituated in clinical training. A turn towards virtue theory within philosophy during the last several decades has resulted in important research on professional ethics. By approaching the ethics of psychiatric professionals in these virtue terms, Radden and Sadler's work provides an original application of this theorizing to practice. Of interest to both theorists and practitioners, the book explores the tension between the model of enduring character implicit in virtue theory and the segmented personae of role-specific moral responses. Clinical examples are provided, based upon dramaturgical vignettes (caseplays) which illustrate both the interactions of the case participants as well as the inner monologue of the clinician protagonist.
(Delusions play a fundamental role in the history of psych...)
Delusions play a fundamental role in the history of psychology, philosophy and culture, dividing not only the mad from the sane but reason from unreason. Yet the very nature and extent of delusions are poorly understood. What are delusions? How do they differ from everyday errors or mistaken beliefs? Are they scientific categories? In this superb, panoramic investigation of delusion Jennifer Radden explores these questions and more, unravelling a fascinating story that ranges from Descartes’s demon to famous first-hand accounts of delusion, such as Daniel Schreber’s Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Radden places delusion in both a clinical and cultural context and explores a fascinating range of themes: delusions as both individually and collectively held, including the phenomenon of folies á deux; spiritual and religious delusions, in particular what distinguishes normal religious belief from delusions with religious themes; how we assess those suffering from delusion from a moral standpoint; and how we are to interpret violent actions when they are the result of delusional thinking. As well as more common delusions, such as those of grandeur, she also discusses some of the most interesting and perplexing forms of clinical delusion, such as Cotard and Capgras.
(Jennifer Radden here provides a re-interpretation of the ...)
Jennifer Radden here provides a re-interpretation of the classic text by 17th century scholar Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy. Her new reading of Burton's essential text brings several key facets of his thought to light: the role of imagination in inciting and averting melancholy as disorder; the part played by daily habits of thought in engendering severe and incurable conditions; the multi-directional feedback loops linking feeling and thought in his model of mind; and an emphasis on symptoms and natural history in his understanding of disease. Much of Burton's account is derived from classical, medieval and renaissance writing about melancholy, yet he brought them together into something new: an account that -- while it stands in contrast to many of the assumptions of later psychology -- concurs surprisingly well with present day cognitivism. Moreover, although seventeenth century melancholy bears only a loose relationship to present day mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, on this reading the Anatomy anticipates a considerable number of findings and hypotheses associated with present day psychiatry, including its network models of depression, for example, and its emphasis on the part played by rumination and mind wandering in engendering affective disorder. Radden's new reading of a classic text should interest readers in philosophy of mind and psychiatry, clinical psychiatry and the history of medicine.
In 1968 Jennifer H. Radden received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne. In 1971 she obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the Oxford University and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1976.
Jennifer H. Radden was a psychiatric social worker Alexander Parade Clinic in Melbourne, Australia from 1966 to 1967. She worked as a psychiatric social worker at the Franklin County Supplementary Education Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from 1971 to 1972. Radden served as a lecturer in philosophy at the Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, from 1972 to 1974. From 1975 to 1984 she was a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, an assistant professor from 1984 to 1989, an associate professor from 1990 to 1997, and was appointed a professor of philosophy in 1997.
In 1988 Jennifer H. Radden was a guest lecturer at Bentley College (now Bently University). In 1992 she became a member of Forensic Psychiatry Group at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Harvard Medical School and Human Rights Committee in 1996. In 1996 Radden also became a member of ethics committee at the McLean Hospital.
In 1995 and 1996 Jennifer was a guest lecturer at the La Trobe University, at the University of Warwick in 1995, at the Linköping University in 1996, at the University of Oregon in 1997, at the University of Copenhagen in 1997, and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1997.
(If people change radically as a result of mental disturba...)1996
(This is a comprehensive resource of original essays by le...)2004
(Delusions play a fundamental role in the history of psych...)2010
(The context for this interdisciplinary work by a philosop...)2009
(Jennifer Radden here provides a re-interpretation of the ...)2016
(In Moody Minds Distempered philosopher Jennifer Radden as...)2008
Jennifer H. Radden is a member of the American Philosophical Association, of the Society for Women in Philosophy, and of the Society for Practical and Professional Ethics.