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Some social science antinomies and their implications for the recovery-oriented approach to mental illness and psychiatric rehabilitation

Shlomo Kravetz and Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon

in Recovery of People with Mental Illness

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691319
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199691319.003.0012

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Some social science antinomies and their implications for the recovery-oriented approach to mental illness and psychiatric rehabilitation

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This chapter discusses the problematic nature of paradox and antinomy. It will show how certain selected paradoxes and antinomies (i.e. free will vs. determinism, value vs. fact, and idiographic vs. nomothetic description) have a particular relevance for theoretical, empirical, and applied issues central to the social sciences in general and to psychiatric rehabilitation in particular. Thus controversy about the assessment of the effectiveness of psychiatric rehabilitation within a recovery framework may be especially difficult to resolve due to the value vs. fact antimony. This antimony implies that such questions as whether elimination of symptoms or the enhancement of autonomy should be a major recovery goal cannot be decided on the basis of empirical research alone. Possible ways of integrating a dialogical approach with empirical research will be explored as an essential step toward resolving such theoretical, empirical, and applied issues.

Chapter.  8944 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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