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


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This chapter discusses theories of personal identity and examines some of their ethical and normative consequences in relation to two particular disorders: dissociative identity disorder and manic depression. It shows how characterization identity—constituted by the content of a person's self-concept—plays an important part in practice, as well as in diagnostic categories such as Gender Identity Disorder, a diagnosis that has been the subject of recent, vehement critique.

Keywords: multiplicity; dissociative identity disorder; manic depression; Gender Identity Disorder

Chapter.  5868 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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