Hacking on the Looping Effects of Psychiatric Classifications: What Is an Interactive and Indifferent Kind?

@article{Tsou2007HackingOT,
  title={Hacking on the Looping Effects of Psychiatric Classifications: What Is an Interactive and Indifferent Kind?},
  author={Jonathan Y. Tsou},
  journal={International Studies in the Philosophy of Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={21},
  pages={329 - 344}
}
  • Jonathan Y. Tsou
  • Published 1 October 2007
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
This paper examines Ian Hacking’s analysis of the looping effects of psychiatric classifications, focusing on his recent account of interactive and indifferent kinds. After explicating Hacking’s distinction between ‘interactive kinds’ (human kinds) and ‘indifferent kinds’ (natural kinds), I argue that Hacking cannot claim that there are ‘interactive and indifferent kinds,’ given the way that he introduces the interactive‐indifferent distinction. Hacking is also ambiguous on whether his notion… 

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