Oct 29, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
|Where||Duke Hosp Lecture Hall 2002|
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The American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 amid criticism from the British Psychological Society and other eminent voices. Professor Savulescu argues that among DSM-5's problems are its over-emphasis on biological causes of mental distress and its classification of arguably normal states as disorders. In this talk, he will explain why these strategies are harmful and argue that the purpose of psychiatry-and of medicine generally-must be reconsidered if advances in medicine are to be effective in benefiting people. He will advance an alternative framework in which medicine focuses not on disease but on biophysical traits that, combined with other factors, reduce well-being.
Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, funded by the Wellcome Trust. He has written broadly in practical ethics, with a particular focus on neuroethics, and the ethics of genetics and enhancement, including moral enhancement, which is the focus of his recent book with Ingmar Persson, Unfit for the Future: the Urgent Need for Moral Enhancement (OUP).
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