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Problems of Living - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323902397

Problems of Living

1st Edition

Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Cognitive-Affective Science

Author: Dan Stein
Paperback ISBN: 9780323902397
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th May 2021
Page Count: 326
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Problems of Living: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Cognitive-Affective Science addresses philosophical questions related to problems of living, including questions about the nature of the brain-mind, reason and emotion, happiness and suffering, goodness and truth, and the meaning of life. It draws on critical, pragmatic, and embodied realism as well as moral naturalism, and brings arguments from metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics together with data from cognitive-affective science. This multidisciplinary integrated approach provides a novel framework for considering not only the nature of mental disorders, but also broader issues in mental health, such as finding pleasure and purpose in life.

Key Features

  • Draws on the strongest aspects of polar positions in philosophy and psychiatry to help resolve important perennial debates in these fields
  • Explores continuities between early philosophical work and current cognitive-affective sciences, including neuroscience and psychology
  • Employs findings from modern cognitive-affective science to rethink key long-standing debates in philosophy and psychiatry
  • Builds on work showing how mind is embodied in the brain, and embedded in society, to provide an integrated conceptual framework
  • Assesses both the insights and the limitations of cognitive-affective science for addressing the big questions and hard problems of living


mental health clinicians, philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, general academic readers

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1 Perspectives of Philosophy
1.2 Perspectives of Psychiatry
1.3 The Big Questions

2. Brain-Minds: What is the Best Metaphor?
2.1 The Mind-Body Problem in Philosophy
2.2 The Mind-Body Problem in Psychology
2.3 Two Key Mind-Body Metaphors
2.4 Brain-Mind as Wetware
2.5 Conclusion

3. Reason and Passion
3.1 Philosophy of Reason and Passion
3.2 Psychiatry of Reason and Passion
3.3 Neurophilosophy and Neuropsychiatry
3.4 Schemas and Cognitive-Affective Processing
3.5 Conclusion

4. The Pleasures of Life
4.1 Philosophy and Happiness
4.2 Psychiatry and Happiness
4.3 Neurophilosophy and Neuropsychiatry
4.4 Sharpening Ideas on Happiness
4.5 Conclusion

5. Pain and Suffering
5.1 Philosophy and Pain/Suffering
5.2 Psychiatry and Pain/Suffering
5.3 Neurophilosophy and Neuropsychiatry
5.4 Sharpening our Views of Suffering
5.5 Conclusion

6. The Good and the Bad
6.1 Philosophy and Morality
6.2 Psychiatry and Morality
6.3 Neurophilosophy and Neuropsychiatry
6.4 Sharpening our Thinking about Morality
6.5 Conclusion

7. How Can We Know What is True, Then?
7.1 Philosophy and the Truth
7.2 Psychiatry and Truth
7.3 Neurophilosophy and Neuropsychiatry
7.4 Sharpening our Thinking about Scientific Progress
7.5 Conclusion

8. The Meaning of Life
8.1 Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
8.2 Psychiatry and Meaning in Life
8.3 Neurophilosophy and Neuropsychiatry
8.4 Sharpening our View of the Meaning of Life
8.5 Conclusion

9. Conclusion: Metaphors of Life


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About the Author

Dan Stein

Dr. Stein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health and Scientific Director of the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cape Town. He is trained in psychiatry (FRCPC), philosophy (DPhil), and neuroscience (PhD). His main research focus is on anxiety and related disorders, though he has worked in many other areas of psychiatry. His research spans basic neuroscience, clinical research, and public mental health, and has had significant impact – his h-index is the highest of any African author. He has published extensively (>40 authored or edited volumes), >1000 papers, and >250 chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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