The Importance of History for Philosophy of Psychiatry: The Case of the DSM and Psychiatric Classification

Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (3):446-470 (2011)
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Abstract Recently, some philosophers of psychiatry (viz., Rachel Cooper and Dominic Murphy) have analyzed the issue of psychiatric classification. This paper expands upon these analyses and seeks to demonstrate that a consideration of the history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) can provide a rich and informative philosophical perspective for critically examining the issue of psychiatric classification. This case is intended to demonstrate the importance of history for philosophy of psychiatry, and more generally, the potential benefits of historically-informed approaches to philosophy of science

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Jonathan Y. Tsou
University of Texas at Dallas


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