A role for philosophers, sociologists and bioethicists in revising the DSM a philosophical case conference

Tamara Kayali Browne

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Abstract

The recent publication of the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was accompanied by heated debate. I argue that part of the reason for these recent controversies is that the process of DSM revision involves making certain value judgments, yet requires a better means for explicitly and expertly addressing these issues. It is important to do so because a) there are certain value-laden questions that science cannot answer but nevertheless need to be addressed in psychiatric classification, and b) the effects of psychiatric classification stretch far and wide. I suggest a means by which the value judgments involved in psychiatric classification can be more systematically and comprehensively exam-ined—by including an independent ethics review panel in the revision process. An ethics review panel could include bioethicists, sociologists, and philosophers of psychiatry who would be in a better position to address these issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-201
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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