DMS-IV meets philosophy.

Journal Article

The authors discuss some of the conceptual issues that must be considered in using and understanding psychiatric classification. DMS-IV is a practical and common sense nosology of psychiatric disorders that is intended to improve communication in clinical practice and in research studies. DSM-IV has no philosophic pretensions but does raise many philosophical questions. This paper describes the development of DSM-IV and the way in which it addresses a number of philosophic issues: nominalism vs. realism, epistemology in science, the mind/body dichotomy, the definition of mental disorders, and dimensional vs. categorical classification.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Frances, A; Mack, AH; First, MB; Widiger, TA; Ross, R; Forman, L; Davis, WW

Published Date

  • 1994

Published In

  • Journal of Medicine and Philosophy

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 207 - 218