The language of mental illness

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Jorgensen Bolinger, Renée. (2021). The language of mental illness. In In Khoo, Justin and Sterken, Rachel (Ed.). The Routledge handbook of social and political philosophy of language pp. 1-21 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003164869-29
AuthorsJorgensen Bolinger, Renée
EditorsKhoo, Justin and Sterken, Rachel
Abstract

This chapter argues that the debate over the proper classification of mental illnesses is best understood as a debate in conceptual ethics. She identifies various interconnected interests that matter to the debate, including researchers looking for categories to set up experimental trials, clinicians, and service-users looking for useful categories for diagnoses and treatments as well as reassurance that certain experienced ailments are real and not something they should be blamed for. Exactly how to balance these often-conflicting considerations is a moral and political issue, not a purely scientific one.

Page range1-21
Year2021
Book titleThe Routledge handbook of social and political philosophy of language
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publicationNew York
ISBN9781138602434
9781003164869
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003164869-29
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85108128575
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