What is the relationship between the term 'ADHD' and the object it purports to represent?

Tait, Gordon (2014) What is the relationship between the term 'ADHD' and the object it purports to represent? The International Journal on School Disaffection, 11(1), pp. 25-40.

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This paper addresses the question: what is 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 constitute 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 adhered. Using the work of Wittgenstein, the intention here is to use the philosophy of language to destabilise, 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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ID Code: 79348
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Behaviour Disorder, ADHD, Harmful Dysfunction, Philosophy, Wittgenstein
ISSN: 1478-8497
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Institute of Education Press
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2014 22:25
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2016 05:50

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