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Philosophical issues in the paraphilias.
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PMID:  24060913     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Controversies surrounded the development of paraphilias in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) 5. This review examines the philosophical issues that emerge from an analysis of those debates and current literature.
RECENT FINDINGS: The resolution of controversies in the publication of the DSM 5 drew upon the available evidence, theories of mental disorder, and normative assumptions. The rise of the Internet presents difficult challenges in this field.
SUMMARY: Numerous philosophical assumptions underlie the psychiatric understandings of paraphilias. The focus here is on the nosological issues such as boundary justification for the determinations of normative and nonnormative human sexuality; the importance of not collapsing the distinction between mental disorder and crime, and the relationship between fantasy and action; epistemological questions of perspectivity, reasons-giving, and relationship of communication to truth claims; and sex differences not only in the paraphilias but also in the social context in which sex is formed and given expression.
Nancy N Potter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in psychiatry     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1473-6578     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2013 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809880     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  586-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Philosophy, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA.
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