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Talk for Lancaster Cafe Scientifique by Rachel Cooper
Date: 3 April 2013 Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Robert Gillow Pub, 64 Market Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HP, 01524 36092
The New Psychiatrists' Bible
Whether you count as mentally disordered depends on whether your behaviour fits one of the categories included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the classification of mental disorders that is published by the American Psychiatric Association, but increasingly used world-wide. A new version of the DSM is due to be published this May and will redraw the boundaries between normality and mental disorder. This talk will examine some of the controversies. Critics worry that the DSM-5 is set to make tantrum-prone children, eccentric adolescents, rapists, and grievers, diagnosable. How should the boundaries between the normal and the pathological be fixed? Is it right that American psychiatrists get to draw up a manual that has influence world-wide, and how do decisions get made?
Rachel Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy. She works mainly on problems in the philosophy of psychiatry and her publications include Classifying Madness (Springer, 2005) and Psychiatry and Philosophy of Science (Acumen, 2007). She is currently writing a book on the DSM-5.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR
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