Failure to Have Organisms

Sometimes typos really improve a sentence. I snorted lemonade out my nose today when I read this:

Taking one example of a disorder that is “obvious from surface features,” Inhibited Female Orgasm, Wakefield applauds the authors of DSM-III-R for discriminating between those cases in which women fail to have organisms from inadequate stimulation and those involving true dysfunction.

Isn't that just wonderful?!
From Dominic Murphy and Robert L. Woolfolk, “The Harmful Dysfunction Analysis of Mental Disorder,” Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, Vol. 7, No. 4 (December 2000).

Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center

9 thoughts

  1. Coase’s theory on the function of states has numerous flaws. One I’ll point out here is that the state does not provide a more efficient method of delivering a service; it provides a more efficient method of getting non-interest parties to PAY for a service that they don’t want or need.
    Evidence welfare.
    That’s a big difference and does not invalidate the right’s thinking on government.

  2. Barry Stocker – Istanbul – Expatriate British philosophy teaching at Istanbul Technical University. Working on philosophy in a historical-cultural-literary perspective. Main areas of philosophy: Continental European Philosophy, related parts of earlier history of philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy and literature. Politics: classical liberal/libertarian in a moderate kind of way.
    Barry Stocker says:

    I’ve just looked at the webcast. Great stuff. Very happy to have recently discovered Will Wilkinson and Jospeh Heath who both have views in line with my own intuitions. The point I’d like to make is that Francois Ewald, the writer on the history of insurance mentioned at the end, is a major figure in the study of social risk, and was closely associated with Michel Foucualt and Daniel Defert (Foucault’s lover). Foucault in most people’s minds is associated with post-Marxist left social/cultural theory and anti-capitalism, whether people find such a position negative and positive. Many have suggested that Foucault’s later texts (from about 1976 until his death in 1984), at least, present views which at the very least compatible with Classical Liberal ways of thinking, though Foucault never explictly took on such views and always remained a man of the left. The association with Ewald certainly confirms that view, that even as ‘leftist’ Foucault moved into territory maybe overlaps with classical liberal/libertarian thinking, and even Foucault’s earlier texts have a libertarian spirit not easy to reconcile with statist leftism.

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