PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Challenging the mechanistic view of psychiatry

The mechanistic view has been proposed as a way of integrating different levels of explanation in psychiatry. It has also been put forward as a non-essentialist and yet realist model for psychiatric classification, which does not privilege a specific level at which the relevant mechanisms are to be found. I argue that the mechanistic view of inter-level integration cannot deal with the challenge of integrating kinds of variables and kinds of mechanisms, which in turn casts doubt on its potential to undergird classification. I will then sketch an alternative view of explanation and classification of mental disorder.

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Caterina Marchionni    
University of Helsinki


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