Moody Minds Distempered: Essays on Melancholy and Depression Jennifer Radden

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Published: December 11th 2008

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Moody Minds Distempered: Essays on Melancholy and Depression  by  Jennifer Radden

Moody Minds Distempered: Essays on Melancholy and Depression by Jennifer Radden
December 11th 2008 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 208 pages | ISBN: | 10.76 Mb

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-MoreIn 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.



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