Freedom and Dispositions

Two Main Concepts in Theology and Biological Psychiatry, a Systematic Analysis

by Guus Labooy (Author)
Thesis 338 Pages


Empirical findings of contemporary neuroscience suggest that human behaviour is entirely caused by neurobiological mechanism. In this way our common sense view of freedom and responsibility seems illusive. Searching for a philosophy of psychiatry, the author surveys contemporary theories of the ‘Philosophy of Mind’ (i.e. compatibilism, Non-Reductive Physicalism). Careful analysis reveals that they cannot consistently account for human beings as both neurobiologically determined and free. The author shows that for such an account the philosophy of Duns Scotus, an outstanding medieval thinker, offers some decisive conceptual clues. Thus, the outlines of a philosophy of psychiatry can be drawn, using the concepts of freedom and disposition. The combination of Scotism and psychiatry is also explored on a practical level by probing into a vital issue concerning faith and depressive disorders: man’s natural desire for God.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002. 337 pp., 6 graphs

Biographical notes

Guus Labooy (Author)

The Author: Guus Labooy worked for several years as a Medical Doctor in the field of psychiatry, and subsequently studied theology. This book is a slightly revised translation of his Doctoral Thesis in theology. He is the author of several professional articles on the integration of psychiatry and theology. At present, he is working as a pastor.


Title: Freedom and Dispositions