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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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The Philosophy of Psychiatry
Jennifer Radden
Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that diagnosis—the scientific activity of sorting and labeling disorders—is imbued with moral, social, and political meaning. It explores diagnosis as characterization, as disclosure, as relevance, as privilege, as rationality, and as ritual. Diagnosis is considered a way of life and a language game of the greatest cultural significance: it cannot be reduced to the labeling practices that its critics have so vociferously decried.

Keywords:   diagnosis, labeling, medicalization, reductionism, psychiatric power, values

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