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Psychiatry in the Scientific Image

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ISBN-10: 0262134551

ISBN-13: 9780262134552

Edition: 2005

Authors: Dominic Murphy

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In Psychiatry in the Scientific Image, Dominic Murphy looks at psychiatry from the viewpoint of analytic philosophy of science, considering three issues: how we should conceive of, classify, and explain mental illness. If someone is said to have a mental illness, what about it is mental? What makes it an illness? How might we explain and classify it? A system of psychiatric classification settles these questions by distinguishing the mental illnesses and showing how they stand in relation to one another. This book explores the philosophical issues raised by the project of explaining and classifying mental illness. If we are to classify mental illness properly, we must look for causal…    
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 6/23/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Dominic Murphy is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California Institute of Technology.

Preface
Introduction
The Concept of Mental Disorder
Psychiatry and Folk Psychology
The Medical Model and the Foundations of Psychiatric Explanation
The Limits of Mechanistic Explanation in Psychiatry
A More or Less Realist Theory of Validation as Causal Explanation
Social Construction and Sociological Causation
Evolutionary Explanations of Psychopathology
Classification
Classification in Psychiatry
Bibliography
Index