Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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This chapter explores the concept of paraphilia as defined in the third and current fourth edition of the handbook of the American Psychiatric Association—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). DSM-IV has excluded homosexual orientation from the sexual mental disorders, and eschewed the pejorative “perversion” in favor of the clinical “paraphilia” in naming other sexualities. It is argued that DSM-IV embodies cultural biases “masquerading” as scientific medical truth, but also expresses a more liberal view of human sexuality.

Keywords: sexuality; sexual perversion; homosexuality; DSM-IV

Chapter.  4482 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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