Social Constructionist Models

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

 Social Constructionist Models

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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

Chapter.  6618 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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