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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Understanding and explanation are not innocent terms used interchangeably in psychiatric discourse. They are technical terms that represent two opposed approaches to a comprehension of human behavior. This chapter begins with a preliminary explication of the terms. It then offers a case history to exemplify their application in psychiatry—that involving Mrs. D. who suffers from clinical depression—and reviews the further development of the terms since their initial articulation.

Keywords: psychiatric discourse; psychiatric theory; clinical depression; case history

Chapter.  5043 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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