Mental Maladies

Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI:
  Mental Maladies

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This chapter shows that the book’s account of malady generates the objective account of mental disorders that has been included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) from DSM III R to DSM IV TR. It defends this definition from the criticisms of Jerome Wakefield and others, and explains why the DSM account of the paraphilias continues to change from DSM III R to DSM IV TR. An account of volitional disabilities and a classification of actions that distinguishes between intentional, voluntary, and free actions are also provided.

Keywords: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; psychiatry; mental disorders; paraphilias; deviancy; Jerome Wakefield; volitional disability; voluntary abilities

Chapter.  12659 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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