Ways to Overcome the ‘Brain Fetish’ in Mental Health

From Mad in Brasil: Debates in the area of ​​mental health, in a hegemonic-supremecist-dominant way, currently have revolved around what I will call here “Brain Fetish”, because research in Mental Health has increasingly focused on the anatomy and physiology of brain functioning in order to find, in a direct relationship of cause and effect, the origins or explanations of psychopathologies. In my view, this movement meets theories about the social determinations of madness, in a theoretical and practical confrontation, based on a vulgar materialism, which has consequences not only on professional performance, but also on the “common sense” understanding of development of psychopathologies and the way the human brain works.

Read the entire article here in Portuguese, or here translated into English.


  1. The Brain Fetish is a typical reductionist ideology.
    Read here about the Kurt Gödel Prize 2019 to promote anti-reductionist knowledge in the natural sciences and humanities: https://kurtgoedel.de/kurt-goedel-prize-2019/
    There are also the essays of the 3 winners of the award.

    The book of 11 selected articles from this Award 2019 appeared on 17th July 2021 and can be ordered here from the Springer book publisher: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783662631867
    Preface, Content in German and about the authors here: https://kurtgoedel.de/cms-83FO/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Vorwort.pdf


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