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Beyond 'Disorders': Neurodiversity, Radical Empathy, and the Future of Mental Health - NEW DATE

Age suitable for: 18+

Date and Time (UK time):
10/12/2021 14:00-15:30

Join Dr Kurt Sylvan, Philosophy at the University of Southampton, for this online event that explores the philosophy of neurodiversity.

The neurodiversity movement is organised around the idea that many psychological traits commonly conceived of as deficiencies are better described merely as differences in styles of human cognition, and that these diverse neuroatypical ways of thinking are worthy of equal acceptance, respect, and recognition as "neurotypical" cognition.

The term "neurodiversity" was coined by the autistic community, but is now understood to include other forms of cognition.

The neurodiversity movement is opposed not only to the pathologizing of neurodiverse cognition, but also social hierarchies set up with exclusively neurotypical cognition in mind. In this event, we will consider some arguments for the most radical form of the neurodiversity paradigm, according to which there are no mental disorders at all, but only differences that, given neurotypical social organization, sometimes count as disabilities according to the social model of disability.

We will consider updating some ideas from R. D. Laing in the light of new work in cognitive science and philosophy of mind, and defend application of the neurodiversity paradigm and social model to schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which have so far been excluded.

This interactive event in Blackboard Collaborate and will be followed by a Q&A session.