Authors: Mark Salter, VIC
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CONSUMER ROLES, ADVOCACY,ETHICS, EQUITY,HUMAN RIGHTS AND ETHICS,RECOVERY / REHABILITATION,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: An unspoken debate at previous TheMHS Conferences has been the relative merits of the various epistemologies (ways of knowing) represented. Borrowing from philosophy of science and feminist epistemological literature, this paper will explore the myth of a privileged standpoint – a position from which Truth about mental illnesses can only be known – arguing that neither academics or clinicians nor consumers or carers hold a monopoly on Truth. This paper is a call for more open healthy debate, underpinned by both an understanding of the limitations of one’s own frame of reference, and respect for how each person at a conference such as TheMHS gains their expertice.