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Attention Grabbing Mental Illnesses

March 15, 2023

“Attention Grabbing Mental Illnesses” Mental disorder is defined by DSM-5 in terms of dysfunctional cognition, emotion, and behavior. We will argue that mental illnesses can be understood more fundamentally as failures to control attention. Some mental illnesses involve too much attention (and too little ability to adjust focus), whereas others involve too little attention (or … Continued

Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health

September 8, 2022

Senior Investigator, Department of Bioethics at the N.I.H. Clinical Center Please contact Dan Moseley,, for registration information. These events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Absurdity and Meaning

September 8, 2022

Professor and Section Head of Philosophy at M.I.T. It is a cliché about philosophers that they ponder the meaning of life. Except they don’t. In recent philosophy, the question of life’s meaning is usually dismissed as nonsense; and for most earlier philosophers, the question doesn’t arise. In this talk, I’ll use the surprisingly recent … Continued

Affect, Value and Decisional Capacity

September 8, 2022

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duke University Our ability to look after ourselves and promote our own interests can be (and often is) undermined by mental disorder in ways not anticipated by current models of decision-making capacity.  Our standard ways of assessing capacity do not detect all the cases of incapacity they should. In this talk, I … Continued