Clare Hall Colloquium

Evidence and Values in the DSM 5.x

Dr Miriam Solomon

Philosophy Department, Temple University, Philadelphia

The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association) has been a widely influential document for the past forty years. It is used for diagnosis and prognosis, treatment decisions, educational assignments and entitlements, health care reimbursements, assessments of legal responsibility, and other consequential decisions. Recent revisions have been accompanied by a good deal of controversy. Using tools from history and philosophy of science, science studies, and social epistemology, I make recommendations for how to improve the ongoing process of revision.