'What is (mental) disease?': an open letter to Christopher Boorse
UNSPECIFIED. (2001) 'What is (mental) disease?': an open letter to Christopher Boorse. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS, 27 (2). pp. 80-85. ISSN 0306-6800Full text not available from this repository.
This "open letter" to Christopher Boorse is a response to his influential naturalist (value-excluding) analysts of disease from the perspective of linguistic-analytic value theory. The hey linguistic-analytic point against Boorse (and other naturalists) is that, although defining disease value free, he land they) continue to use the term with clear evaluative,e connotations. A descriptivist (value-entailing) analysis of disease would allow value-free definition consistently with value-laden use: but descriptivism fails when applied to mental disorder because it depends on shared values whereas the values relevant to mental disorders are highly diverse. A parr-function analysis, similarly, although initially persuasive for physical disorders,fails with the psychotic mental disorders because these, characteristically, involve disturbances of the rationality of the person as a whole. The difficulties encountered in applying: naturalism to mental disorders point, linguistic-analytically, to the possibility that there is, after all, an evaluative element of meaning, deeply hidden bur still logically operative, in the concept of disease.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS|
|Publisher:||BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 80-85|
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