What is a "new" philosophy of psychiatry and why do we need it?

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Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy December 2008, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 485-487

In societies where more and more people develop mental illnesses due to old age, the question of how to deal with psychic illnesses or dementia of various sorts is increasingly becoming a pressing challenge for biomedical ethics and for diverse social institutions (as families, hospitals, or social security systems). This alone would be sufficient to explain why we need a philosophy of psychiatry in which we can explore and discuss the numerous ethical problems arising in this area