SOPhiA 2019

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Is the Capgras delusion a mentalization disorder?
(Philosophy of Mind, English)

The Capgras delusion is a type of monothematic delusion, which means that a delusional belief is circumscribed to one topic (Davies, & Coltheart, 2000). People who suffer from the Capgras delusion believe that their relative was kidnapped and replaced by an impostor. Typically, they admit that such person has the same appearance, behaviour, and memories, but at the same time, deny their identity (Davies, & Coltheart, 2000). In most of the interpretations of the Capgras delusion, it is said that in this disorder, the essential aspect is the lack of the feeling of familiarity when looking at the mentioned relative.

_There have been a few attempts within the philosophy of psychiatry to explain the phenomenon of the Capgras delusions, but neither of them is undoubtful. Among them, there have been some attempts which appealed to the mentalization, i.e. the ability to ascribe mental states. Two of them, proposed by Hirstein (2005, 2010) and Newen (2015) will be presented. These conception will be summarized and analysed. There will be also a place for critical analysis of this proposal. The explanatory power of this solution and the way of explaining this disorder by the concept of mentalization will be questioned. At the end, desiderata for the satisfactory explanation of the Capgras delusion will be proposed.

Chair:
Time: 10:00-10:30, 19 September 2019 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.007

Adrianna Smurzynska 
(Jagiellonian University, Poland)

I am a PhD student at the Jagiellonian University. I am currently writing a dissertation on mentalization. My scientific interests focus on: philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry and psychology of creativity.

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