Philosophy and Depression

Philosophy and Depression


In the wake of Peter Railton’s Dewey Lecture, I have been asked to create a space on Daily Nous for philosophers to share their experiences of depression and other forms of mental illness. Discussion of the personal and professional challenges confronting those afflicted by these conditions, ways in which the behavior of others affected your experiences in this regard for better or worse, helpful and harmful institutional policies and practices, ways people suffering from depression should seek help, and related topics are all welcome for discussion.

Interested readers may also care to look at “On Critical Abyss-Gazing: Depression and Academic Philosophy,” a post from August 2014 by Jake Jackson (Temple) at the site PhDisabled, some of the themes of which are of a piece with those in Railton’s lecture.

(art: detail of “Composition” by Nicolas de Staël)

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