Dr Alastair Morgan PhD, MA, BA (Hons.), RN ( Mental Health), PGCHE

Senior Lecturer in Nursing

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Research interests

Alastair's research interests are in Critical Theory (particularly the first generation of the Frankfurt School and the philosophy of T.W. Adorno), philosophy of psychiatry, critical neuroscience, critical medical humanities, ethics and values in mental health  and qualitative research methods. He has written three books, published several contributions to edited books and published widely in peer reviewed journals.

Most recently, Alastair is the lead author of a book entitled Values and Ethics in Mental health. An Exploration for Practice. This book will shortly be available with Palgrave Macmillan here http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/values-and-ethics-in-mental-health-alastair-morgan/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137382580 and is one of the first volumes in their series Foundations of Mental Health Practice, available here: http://www.palgrave.com/series/foundations-of-mental-health-practice/FMHP/

This book provides a comprehensive and exploratory text for those interested in developing a  knowledge of both ethics and values-based practice in mental health.  It is unique in being fully co-written by authors representing both service user and service provider perspectives. Engaging with this  text will enable the mental health practitioner to work more co-productively with service users within a humane and just approach to care.

In 2008, Alastair edited a book on the humanities and mental health, published with PCCS Books, which is entitled Being Human. Reflections on Mental Distress in Society. This book attempts to shed a new and different light on the intersections between mental health, mental distress and society, without offering any programmatic methodology or declaration of intent. An array of critical voices from across various disciplines in the humanities (including philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, history and literature) are brought to bear upon the subject of mental distress as a form of life that appears within particular social and cultural environments. The book is available here: http://www.pccs-books.co.uk/products/being-human-reflections-on-mental-distress-in-society/#

In 2007, Alastair published an adapted version of his PhD thesis, entitled Adorno's Concept of Life, in the Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy series. The book provides an interpretation of the critical force of Adorno's philosophy, that contributes to the renewed interest in the concept of life within contemporary philosophy - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/adornos-concept-of-life-9780826496133/

Alastair has been involved in research projects exploring shared decision making in acute in-patient care and teaching philosophy to postgraduate nursing students. He is currently working on a project on the encounter and intersections between 20th century continental philosophy and psychiatry.



Research and projects

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