Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Mary Warnock liked Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience

Apparently the book that Matthew Broome and Lisa Bortolotti edited was one of two books of the year for Mary Warnock in the Observer. (I have a chapter in it.) She writes:

The book that has interested me most this year has the rebarbative title Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience: Philosophical Perspectives, edited by Matthew R Broome and Lisa Bortolotti (Oxford University Press). It is a collection of very varied essays on subjects such as the nature of mental illness, whether psychiatry is a science, and why so-called personality disorder can't be treated, all matters of great interest in themselves, but also of relevance to criminal law and sentencing policy. Despite its title, it is a gripping read. Not so gripping, however, as Robert Harris's Lustrum (Hutchinson). Ever since Imperium I've been longing for the next instalment and it doesn't disappoint. It's a marvellous novel.