Suicide, Disorder, and Causal Judgements

A philosophical investigation.

Suicide, Disorder, and Causal Judgements is a research project that investigates the connection between mental disorder and suicide causation from a philosophy of science perspective.  

The project, led by Dr Hane Maung is funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and will run between 2018 and 2022.

Suicide is a major concern for society worldwide. Globally, over 800,000 people die from suicide each year and it is among the leading causes of death in most countries.

Given the seriousness of the problem, various disciplines have made efforts to investigate the causes of suicide and initiatives for suicide prevention have been proposed by major public health organisations. However, there remains considerable uncertainty about how to approach suicide prevention.

Furthermore, although it is widely accepted that suicide is associated with mental disorder, there remains a lack of clarity regarding the precise nature of this connection.

These problems are not merely empirical issues but reflect deeper philosophical issues concerning the concept of mental disorder, the epistemology of behavioural science, and the metaphysics of multifactorial causation.

Hence, philosophical analysis has much to contribute to a better understanding of the connection between mental disorder and suicide causation.  

Find out more about the project.