Title: Folles histores: de l'utilité et des inconvénients de la psychiatrie évolutionniste
Other Titles: Mad stories: on the use and abuse of evolutionary psychiatry
Authors: Adriaens, Pieter # ×
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: PSN - Psychiatrie, Sciences Humaines, Neurosciences vol:7 issue:3-4 pages:174-180
Abstract: Ever since Darwin, both psychiatrists and evolutionary
biologists have wondered why some of our mental and
emotional capacities are rather badly designed, given that
natural selection has produced such ingenious solutions to
so many other traits. Over the last 50 years, evolutionary
psychiatrists have set out to answer this question by means of a number of explanatory models. Thus they have argued, for example, that mental disorders should be considered as
mismatches or even adaptations, rather than diseases. These
models are truly fascinating, yet most of them rely on
disputable assumptions. For example: evolutionary psychiatrists commonly claim that schizophrenia is at least a hundred thousand year old, while there are in fact no good reasons to believe so. On the plus side, however, evolutionary psychiatry certainly invites us to think about possible evolutionary alternatives for the contemporary role of psychiatric patient.
ISSN: 1639-8319
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy
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# (joint) last author

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