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Psychology Mental Health

Defining Mental Disorder

Jerome Wakefield and His Critics

edited by Luc Faucher & Denis Forest

MIT Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2021
Mental Health, General, Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognitive Neuropsychology
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Philosophers discuss Jerome Wakefield's influential view of mental disorder as "harmful dysfunction," with detailed responses from Wakefield himself.

One of the most pressing theoretical problems of psychiatry is the definition of mental disorder. Jerome Wakefield's proposal that mental disorder is "harmful dysfunction" has been both influential and widely debated; philosophers have been notably skeptical about it. This volume provides the first book-length collection of responses by philosophers to Wakefield's harmful dysfunction analysis (HDA), offering a survey of philosophical critiques as well as extensive and detailed replies by Wakefield himself.

About the authors

Luc Faucher is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has published many papers on emotions, racial cognition and evolutionary psychology. In 2006, he edited a volume of Philosophiques on philosophy and psychopathologies.

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