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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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Social Constructionist Models

Social Constructionist Models

Making Order out of Disorder—On the Social Construction of Madness

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(p.393) Chapter 27 SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONIST MODELS
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The Philosophy of Psychiatry
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Jennifer Radden
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.003.0029

This chapter analyzes the metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of the social construction of mental disorder. It argues that there is no reason to suppose that a socially constructed mental disorder is easier to change than a naturally constituted mental disorder; and until one considers the situation-specific alternatives, there is no reason to suppose that change is even desirable. There is, however, reason to think that believing that a mental disorder is socially constructed will tend to elicit more imaginative and more responsible responses from us and that it will make us less inclined to seek consensus.

Keywords:   mental disorder, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology

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