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The Philosophy of Psychiatry: A Companion

Jennifer Radden


This book explores the inter-disciplinary field of the philosophy of psychiatry. The contributors define this exciting field and highlight the philosophical assumptions and issues that underlie psychiatric theory and practice, the category of mental disorder, and rationales for its social, clinical, and legal treatment. As a branch of medicine and a healing practice, psychiatry relies on presuppositions that are deeply and unavoidably philosophical. Conceptions of rationality, personhood, and autonomy frame our understanding and treatment of mental disorder. Philosophical questions of evidence ... More

Keywords: psychiatric theory, psychiatric practice, mental disorder, rationality, personhood, autonomy, clinical practice, mental health policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Radden, editor
University of Massachusetts
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