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Joseph Agassi

In: The Philosophy of Psychology

Chapter 22: Prescriptions for Responsible Psychiatry

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Prescriptions for Responsible Psychiatry
Prescriptions for responsible psychiatry

The ills of psychiatry are currently diagnosed with the aid of deficient etiologies. The currently proposed prescriptions for psychiatry are practically impossible. The defective part of the profession is its leadership, which in its very defensiveness sticks to the status quo, thereby owning the worst defects and impeding all possible cure. The current discussions of the matter are pretentious and thus woolly. The minimal requirement from the profession as a whole and from each of its individual members is that they be not defensive and clear. In this vein I offer here preliminary discussions of propriety, of responsibility, and of science.


The claim that psychiatrists are irresponsible is repeatedly made, usually linked with prescriptions for improvement. Irresponsibility is diagnosed ...

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