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Psychiatry in the Scientific Image free pdf 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. Murphy argues that the current literature on mental illness -- exemplified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- is an impediment to research- it lacks a coherent concept of the mental and a satisfactory account of disorder, and yields too much authority to commonsense thought about the mind. He argues that the explanation of mental illness should meet the standards of good explanatory practice in the cognitive neurosciences, and that the classification of mental disorders should group symptoms into conditions based on the causal structure of the normal mind.

About Dominic Murphy

Dominic Murphy is Senior Lecturer in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney.

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Author : Dominic Murphy
Publisher : Bradford Books
Data Published : 20 January 2012
ISBN : 0262517442
EAN : 9780262517447
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 422 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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