Conclusions and the future of philosophy of psychiatry

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

Conclusions and the future of philosophy of psychiatry

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The six chapters of this book have offered a snapshot of the diverse subjects that make up contemporary philosophy of psychiatry, but whilst they have ranged across the three main themes of the role of values, understanding meanings and the scientific and factual basis of mental health care, there have been some underlying common conclusions that have been re-emphasised throughout the book.

In this brief final section, I will highlight three such unifying conclusions:

there is an ineliminable role for non-algorithmic or uncodified judgement in mental health care;

the basic unit of meaning or significance is the whole person;

the best understanding of nature is a relaxed rather than a reductionist naturalism.

Chapter.  2953 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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