Abstract

Abstract: In this paper, recent publications in the field of psychiatric nosology, classification, and diagnosis are reviewed. An attempt is made to group such writings into three broad themes: "essentialist/realist," "anti-essentialist/pragmatic," and "eliminative." The conceptual nature of these groupings is explored, and similarities between some elements of biological psychiatry and phenomenological psychiatry are outlined. The paper attempts to undercut current ways of thinking about psychiatric disorders by drawing on John McDowell's criticism of the idea of a value-free objective standpoint, and further relates our difficulties in thinking about mental disorders to McDowell's wider diagnosis of problems in contemporary philosophy.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3303
Print ISSN
1071-6076
Pages
pp. 303-319
Launched on MUSE
2007-08-16
Open Access
No
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