Curing psychopathology: Can philosophy help?

Philosophical Explorations 2 (3):189-205 (1999)
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Edward Erwin
University of Miami
Abstract
It is argued that philosophers can contribute indirectly to the cure of psychopathology by helping to resolve problems that impede the development of effective treatments. Two such problems are discussed. The first arises because different schools of therapy use conflicting criteria in evaluating therapeutic outcomes. A theory of Defective Desires is developed to deal with this problem. The second issue, which divides the field of psychotherapy, concerns the need for experiments, especially in validating claims of therapeutic efficacy. An epistemological foundation is developed to support the need for experiments
Keywords Desire  Experiment  Philosophy  Psychopathology  Science
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DOI 10.1080/10001999098538706
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