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ERIC Number: EJ1126032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
What Is the Relationship between the Term "ADHD" and the Object It Purports to Represent?
Tait, Gordon
International Journal on School Disaffection, v11 n1 p25-40 Jan 2014
This paper addresses the relationship between the term ADHD and the object it purports to represent. While the most familiar linguistic position, Referential Theory, suggests that the term constitutes an etymological peg corresponding to a particular part of nature, there are other, arguably more sophisticated, philosophical approaches that point to an altogether more complex relationship. These approaches do not assume that "behaviour disorders," such as ADHD, are objective facts of nature, facts to which words can simply be affixed. Using the work of Wittgenstein, the intention here is to use the philosophy of language to destabilize not just the relationship between the term ADHD and the idea to which it applies, but also the coherence of the notion of ADHD itself.
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Language: English
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