Palgrave-Macmillan (2013)

Jenifer Booth
University of Edinburgh
Responding to the work of previous critics of psychiatry, who have associated its undue dominance with both a modern scientific paradigm and political factors, I put forward a theoretical challenge based on MacIntyre`s work on Aquinas and Aristotle, but adding the museum and assembly as conceptual thinking tools. MacIntyre`s work on practices, tradition-constituted enquiry, Marxist ideology and Kuhn are all used in putting forward a pre-modern view of knowledge. The feminist philosophy of Luce Irigaray widens the project to include psychotherapy. I put forward a workable and kind version of psychiatric medicine which sets the work of the mental health service user movement in context.
Keywords Psychiatry  Virtue ethics  Ethics  philosophy of museums  Alasdair MacIntyre
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