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DOI 10.12887/28-2015-2-110-07



Konrad BANICKI – Between Medicine and the Humanities: On Philosophy Struggling with the Concept of Mental Disorder


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Philosophy of psychiatry is a philosophical discipline focused on fundamental theoretical and conceptual issues in contemporary psychiatry. One of such issues is the so called demarcation problem, which can be understood as the question about the difference between mental illness (mental disorder) and psychological functioning which is normal, or healthy. After a brief account of the standard criteria for such differentiation a dominant naturalistic (medical) understanding of psychiatry as well as the notion of mental illness proper to the latter (in the versions offered by Boorse and Wakefield) are subjected to scrutiny. Then, in turn, critical currents are investigated with their concept of psychiatry as a discipline of humanistic and normative character. Some of these currents, such as the antipsychiatry of Szasz, are of historical importance today. Still, however, many threads are still discussed, especially in the context of the notion of mental disorder developed by the American Psychiatric Association (the consecutive versions of the DSM diagnostic manual). One may expect that such discussions will be fruitfully carried on, especially in those cases when particular disorders (rather than ‘mental disorder as such’) are philosophically investigated.

Keywords: philosophy of psychiatry, mental illness, mental disorder, naturalism, the medical model of psychiatry, Szasz, Boorse, Wakefield, DSM

Contact: Zakład Psychologii Rozwoju i Zdrowia, Instytut Psychologii Stosowanej,
Uniwersytet Jagielloński, ul. Łojsiewicza 4, 30-348 Cracow, Poland

E-mail: konrad.banicki@uj.edu.pl



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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887