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    Philip Thomas, Pat Bracken & Sami Timimi (2013). The Limits of Evidence-Based Medicine in Psychiatry. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 19 (4):295-308.
    It has often been emphasised that psychiatry is still an ‘expertise’ and has not yet reached the status of a science. Science calls for systematic, conceptual thinking which can be communicated to others. Only in so far as psychopathology does this can it claim to be regarded as a science. What in psychiatry is just expertise and art can never be accurately formulated and can at best be mutually sensed by another colleague. It is therefore hardly a matter for textbooks (...)
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    Philip Thomas & Eleanor Longden (2013). Madness, Childhood Adversity and Narrative Psychiatry: Caring and the Moral Imagination. Medical Humanities 39 (2):119-125.
    The dominance of technological paradigms within psychiatry creates moral and ethical tensions over how to engage with the interpersonal narratives of those experiencing mental distress. This paper argues that such paradigms are poorly suited for fostering principled responses to human suffering, and proposes an alternative approach that considers a view of relationships based in feminist theories about the nature of caring. Four primary characteristics are presented which distinguish caring from technological paradigms: a concern with the particular nature of contexts, embodied (...)
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    Philip Thomas & Eleanor Longden (2016). Phenomenology in a Different Key: Narrative, Meaning, and Madness. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 22 (3):187-192.
    Henriksen et al. use phenomenology as a tool to clarify the status of what they regard as the abnormal experiences of the condition called schizophrenia. This reveals phenomenology as a method of detailed scrutiny of these experiences to establish a theory about them in terms of the “dissolution of certain structures of self-consciousness” and “morbid objectification of inner speech”. Our commentary is in two parts. In the first, we set out a contrasting view of phenomenology, and its use in madness.1 (...)
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    Pat Bracken & Philip Thomas (2010). From Szasz to Foucault: On the Role of Critical Psychiatry. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (3):219-228.
    Because psychiatry deals specifically with ‘mental’ suffering, its efforts are always centrally involved with the meaningful world of human reality. As such, it sits at the interface of a number of discourses: genetics and neuroscience, psychology and sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and the humanities. Each of these provides frameworks, concepts, and examples that seek to assist our attempts to understand mental distress and how it might be helped. However, these discourses work with different assumptions, methodologies, values, and priorities. Some are in (...)
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    Pat Bracken & Philip Thomas (2010). Is Private (Contract-Based) Practice an Answer to the Problems of Psychiatry? Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (3):241-245.
    We are very grateful to both Matthew Ratcliffe and Thomas Szasz for taking the time to read and respond to our paper. Ratcliffe is broadly sympathetic to our efforts and provides a very convincing argument against mind–body dualisms by drawing on work from the phenomenological tradition. His comments extend rather than challenge our central thesis. Szasz, however, is dismissive of our position. As a result, most of our response is directed to his commentary. Ratcliffe uses the work of van der (...)
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    Philip A. Thomas (1993). The Nuclear Family, Ideology and AIDS in the Thatcher Years. Feminist Legal Studies 1 (1):23-44.
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    Pat Bracken & Philip Thomas (2013). Challenges to the Modernist Identity of Psychiatry! User Empowerment and Recovery. In K. W. M. Fulford (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Oxford University Press 123.
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    Philip Thomas, Pat Bracken & Sami Timimi (2013). Anomalies Persist, So Does the Problem of Harm. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 19 (4):317-321.
    We are very grateful to Mona Gupta and Peter Zachar for their commentaries on our paper. In our view, the main challenge for both commentators is this: do they have empirical evidence to refute our rejection (on evidence-based grounds) of the primacy of the current technological paradigm in psychiatry? Although opinions may differ about our choice of the philosophical tools we use to interpret the facts, unless there is good evidence to contradict our basic premise, their arguments will fail to (...)
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    Tim Thornton, Ajit Shah & Philip Thomas (2009). Understanding, Testimony and Interpretation in Psychiatric Diagnosis. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (1):49-55.
    Psychiatric diagnosis depends, centrally, on the transmission of patients’ knowledge of their experiences and symptoms to clinicians by testimony. In the case of non-native speakers, the need for linguistic interpretation raises significant practical problems. But determining the best practical approach depends on determining the best underlying model of both testimony and knowledge itself. Internalist models of knowledge have been influential since Descartes. But they cannot account for testimony. Since knowledge by testimony is possible, and forms the basis of psychiatric diagnosis, (...)
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  10. Patrick Bracken & Philip Thomas (2006). Postpsychiatry: Mental Health in a Postmodern World. Oxford University Press Uk.
    How are we to make sense of madness and psychosis? For most of us the words conjure up images from television and newspapers of seemingly random, meaningless violence. It is something to be feared, something to be left to the experts. But is madness best thought of as a medical condition? Psychiatrists and the drug industry maintain that psychoses are brain disorders amenable to treatment with drugs, but is this actually so? There is no convincing evidence that the brain is (...)
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  11. Donald Skabelund & Philip Thomas (1969). Walter of Odington's Mathematical Treatment of the Primary Qualities. Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 60:331-350.
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  12. Philip Thomas & Andreas Luckner (2006). A Referate uber deutschsprachige Neuerscheinungen-Negative Identitat und lebenspraxis. Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 59 (3):264.
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  13. Philipp Thomas (1996). 1. Der Gegenstand der Untersuchung: die eigene Natur, das Selbst-Natur-sein. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 17-31.
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  14. Philipp Thomas (1996). 3. Die Ichhaftigkeit des Leibes. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 99-122.
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  15. Philipp Thomas (1996). 1. Die Leiblichkeit des cogito. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 45-68.
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  16. Philipp Thomas (1996). 2. Die Methode einer Phänomenologie der eigenen Natur und die Methode der Untersuchung. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 32-42.
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  17. Philipp Thomas (1996). 2. Dasein und Natursein. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 69-98.
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  18. Philipp Thomas (1996). Einleitung. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 9-14.
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  19. Philipp Thomas (1996). Inhalt. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 5-8.
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  20. Philipp Thomas (1996). Literaturverzeichnis. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 205-213.
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  21. Philipp Thomas (1996). 1. Leibphänomenologie als Naturphilosophie: Die Ergebnisse der Untersuchung. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 149-173.
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  22. Philipp Thomas (1996). 4. Leibliches Befinden und Personsem. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 123-146.
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  23. Philipp Thomas (1996). Personenverzeichnis. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 214-215.
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  24. Philipp Thomas (1996). 2. Phänomenologie der Natur in ihrer Relevanz für Wissenschaft, Praxis und Philosophie. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 174-197.
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  25. Philipp Thomas (1996). Schluß. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 198-202.
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  26. Philipp Thomas (1996). Sachregister. In Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter 216-220.
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  27. Philipp Thomas (1996). Selbst-Natur-Sein: Leibphänomenologie Als Naturphilosophie. De Gruyter.
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