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The Institutional Definition of Psychiatric Condition and the Role of Well-Being in Psychiatry

Knox, Bennett (2022) The Institutional Definition of Psychiatric Condition and the Role of Well-Being in Psychiatry. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper draws on Quill Kukla’s “Institutional Definition of Health” to provide a definition of “psychiatric condition” that delineates the proper bounds of psychiatry. I argue that this definition must include requirements that psychiatrization of a condition benefit the well-being of 1) the society as a collective, and 2) the individual whose condition is in question. I then suggest that psychiatry understand individual well-being in terms of the subjective values of individuals. Finally, I propose that psychiatry’s understanding of collective well-being should be the result of a “socially objective” process, and give certain desiderata for this understanding.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Knox, Bennettbennett.knox@utah.edu
Keywords: psychiatry, well-being, pathologization, health
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Bennett Knox
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2022 06:31
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2022 06:31
Item ID: 20906
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 14 July 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20906

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