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Philosophy of Psychiatry

[Revised entry by Dominic Murphy on January 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Philosophical discussions of mental illness fall into three families. First, there are topics that arise
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[Revised entry by Dominic Murphy on January 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Philosophical discussions of mental illness fall into three families. First, there are topics that arise when we treat psychiatry as a special science and deal with it using the methods and concepts of philosophy of science. This includes discussion of such issues as explanation, reduction and classification. Second, there are conceptual issues that arise when we try to understand the very idea of mental illness and its ethical and experiential dimensions. Third, there are...

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