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Does Schizophrenia Exist? A Deflationary Perspective

Repnikov, Georg (2023) Does Schizophrenia Exist? A Deflationary Perspective. Philosophy of Medicine, 4 (1). pp. 1-24. ISSN 2692-3963

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This paper develops and defends a deflationary analysis of existence claims involving psychiatric disorders. According to this analysis, a given psychiatric disorder exists if, and only if, there are people who have the disorder. The implications of this analysis are spelled out for our views of nosological decision making, and for the relationship between claims about the existence of psychiatric disorders and claims about their reality. A pragmatic view of psychiatric nosology is defended and it is argued that worries about the “reality” of any given disorder have to be distinguished clearly from questions about its existence.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Repnikov, Georg0000-0003-1639-422X
Keywords: Psychiatry Nosology Existence Reality Disorder Metaontological Deflationism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2023 13:40
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2023 13:40
Item ID: 22191
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Official URL:
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2023.15
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Date: 10 May 2023
Page Range: pp. 1-24
Volume: 4
Number: 1
ISSN: 2692-3963

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