California Inst. of Technology, USA
Fall Term 2004
The Significance of Introspection
Dominic Murphy is an assistant professor of philosophy at the California
Institute of Technology, before which he was a postdoctoral fellow
in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington
University, St. Louis. His work concentrates on the fallout from
collisions between our unscientific understanding of human nature
and the various biological, cognitive, and social sciences. He is
the author of Psychiatry in the Scientific Image (MIT Press 2005),
which bemoans the conceptual underpinnings of contemporary psychiatry
and argues for a theory of psychiatric explanation borrowed from
the cognitive neurosciences. While at the Center, he began a new
project which aims to critique philosophical theories of introspection
in the light of theories of introspection which actually have some
facts in them. Dominic is married to an Egyptologist, has one small
child, and enjoys living in Southern California because he likes
being able to look at ugly buildings, sit in traffic jams, and complain
about the heat all at the same time.
2010. Explanation in Psychiatry. Philosophy Compass, 5 (7): 602-610.
2010. Complex Mental Disorders: Representation, Stability and Explanation. European
Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 6: 28-42.
2010. Philosophy of Psychiatry. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.