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Psychiatric diagnoses are not mental process: Wittgenstein on conceptual confusion

Rosenman, Stephen; Nasti, Julian


Background: Empirical explanation and treatment repeatedly fail for psychiatric diagnoses. Diagnosis is mired in conceptual confusion that is illuminated by Ludwig Wittgensteins later critique of philosophy (Philosophical Investigations). This paper examines conceptual confusions in the foundation of psychiatric diagnosis from some of Wittgensteins important critical viewpoints. Argument: Diagnostic terms are words whose meanings are given by usages not definitions. Diagnoses, by Wittgensteins...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1177/0004867412446090


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