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A philosophical view on concepts in psychiatry

Malmgren, Helge; Radovic, Susanna; Thorén, Henrik LU and Haglund, Bjorn (2010) In International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 33(2). p.66-72
Abstract
This essay first outlines a philosophical theory of concepts and then applies it to two areas of relevance to psychiatrists, especially forensic psychiatrists. In the philosophical theory, the respective roles of verbal and non-verbal definitions are illuminated, and the importance of the phenomenon of division of semantic labour is stressed. It is pointed out that vagueness and ambiguity of a term often result when the term is used for several practical purposes at the same time. Such multi-purpose uses of terms may explain both the current problems associated with the Swedish forensic-psychiatric concept of a severe mental disorder and some of the shortcomings of DSM-IV. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Operational definitions, psychiatry, Forensic, Diagnostic criteria, Concepts, Conceptual analysis, Severe mental disorder
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International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
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33
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2
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66 - 72
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Elsevier
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0160-2527
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10.1016/j.ijlp.2009.12.006
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English
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  series       = {International Journal of Law and Psychiatry},
  title        = {A philosophical view on concepts in psychiatry},
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  volume       = {33},
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