Psychiatric Disorders as an Imperfect Community: Peter Zachar, PhD

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From Psychiatric Times: “He argued that conceptualizing psychiatric disorders as ‘natural kinds’—entities existing in nature that can be defined in terms of underlying biopathological processes or inherent statistical properties—is inadequate and unnecessary. Instead, he argued for the notion of ‘practical kinds’—stable patterns of phenomena that we can identify and classify in light of our scientific goals and interests. His critique of essentialism and defense of pragmatism is a philosophical thread that runs through his entire philosophical output and finds its most mature expression in A Metaphysics of Psychopathology.”

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