Bill (KWM) Fulford, Katherine Morris, John Z Sadler and Giovanni Stanghellini

in Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis

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Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780198526377
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754357 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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The conclusions from this Politics chapter suggest that a DSM–ICD process should be against anarchy, by being as explicit as possible for its Politics1 structure, should police its own Politics2, Politics3, and Politics4 abuses, and give Politics1 values the same careful deliberation that is afforded to scientific values. But a thoughtful Politics1 for mental disorder classification is not enough — just as theory is incomplete without practice. For this reason, a nosological project does not only need a Politics1 vision; it also needs good citizenship and good leadership to be successful in turning political vision into political reality. So let Politics5 be the indispensable complement to Politics1 in future developments of the classification of mental disorders — not a seeking and maintenance of power as in Politics2 or Politics3, but, rather, Politics5 as the seeking and maintenance of a moral vision of aiding the mentally ill.170

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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