I'm currently a graduate student in the philosophy department of the Ohio State University. My primary research interests lie in social metaphysics and the philosophy of psychiatry. I am particularly concerned with how social and political factors impact the nature of our mental health concepts.
I am currently working on a dissertation project that seeks to ameliorate the social injustices surrounding our mental disorder concept. I argue that our current societal ideology (a) views persons with mental dysfunctions as dangerous (to themselves and others), and (b) views mental disorder as closely connected with mental dysfunction. As a result, I argue, stigmatization of persons with mental disorders is considered a fitting response, and this stigmatization results in persistent inequalities between persons with mental disorders and persons without. These inequalities set the stage for injustice against persons with mental disorders. Thus, if we wish to ameliorate injustice where it occurs, then we are in need of mental health concepts that are different from the ones we currently employ.
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