The validity of psychiatric classification

Tim Thornton

in Essential Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199228713
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754531 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The validity of psychiatric classification

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Facts, values and psychiatric validity

Hempel’s contribution to the debate about psychiatric classification

Values and two underlying senses of validity

Two complications for psychiatric classification

Kendell and Jablensky and the ‘disease entity’ assumption

The World Psychiatric Association and the idea of comprehensive diagnosis

Lessons from the philosophy of science

Constructive Empiricism

Inference to the best explanation

Cartwright’s inference to the most probable cause

The natural ontological attitude: from what perspective can we assess scientific validity?

The application of lessons from philosophy of science to psychiatric classification


Chapter.  16461 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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