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Philosophy&Psychiatry Study Group: Sander Werkhoven

18 May @ 19:00 - 20:30

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During this online meeting we’ll discuss Sander Werkhoven’s (Utrecht University) recent paper: “Natural kinds of mental disorder” (Synthese, 2021). Abstract is attached below. The meeting starts at 19:00 sharp. Please contact Roy Dings to receive a Zoom link to join. ========================================= Natural kinds of mental disorder (Werkhoven 2021) Are mental disorders natural kinds or socially constructed categories? What is at stake if either of these views prove to be true? This paper offers a qualified defence for the view that there…
During this online meeting we'll discuss Sander Werkhoven's (Utrecht University) recent paper: "Natural kinds of mental disorder” (Synthese, 2021). Abstract is attached below. The meeting starts at 19:00 sharp. Please contact Roy Dings to receive a Zoom link to join.

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Natural kinds of mental disorder (Werkhoven 2021)

Are mental disorders natural kinds or socially constructed categories? What is at stake if either of these views prove to be true? This paper offers a qualified defence for the view that there may be natural kinds of mental disorder, but also that the implications of this claim are generally overestimated. Especially concerns about over-inclusiveness of diagnostic categories and medicalisation of abnormal behaviour are not addressed by the debate. To arrive at these conclusions the paper opens with a discussion of kind formation in science, followed by an analysis of natural kinds. Seven principled and empirically informed objections to the possibility of natural kinds of mental disorder are considered and rejected. The paper ends with a reflection on diagnostics of mental health problems that don’t fall into natural kinds. Despite the defence of the possibility of natural kinds of mental disorder, this is likely to be the majority of cases.

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18 May
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19:00 - 20:30
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During this online meeting we’ll discuss Sander Werkhoven’s (Utrecht University) recent paper: “Natural kinds of mental disorder” (Synthese, 2021). Abstract is attached below. The meeting starts at 19:00 sharp. Please contact Roy Dings to receive a Zoom link to join.

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Natural kinds of mental disorder (Werkhoven 2021)

Are mental disorders natural kinds or socially constructed categories? What is at stake if either of these views prove to be true? This paper offers a qualified defence for the view that there may be natural kinds of mental disorder, but also that the implications of this claim are generally overestimated. Especially concerns about over-inclusiveness of diagnostic categories and medicalisation of abnormal behaviour are not addressed by the debate. To arrive at these conclusions the paper opens with a discussion of kind formation in science, followed by an analysis of natural kinds. Seven principled and empirically informed objections to the possibility of natural kinds of mental disorder are considered and rejected. The paper ends with a reflection on diagnostics of mental health problems that don’t fall into natural kinds. Despite the defence of the possibility of natural kinds of mental disorder, this is likely to be the majority of cases.

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