Welcome to the INPP website!

INPP provides a collaborative research and education forum to support organisations and individuals involved in conceptual and ethical work in psychiatry and related disciplines. Its guiding purpose and aims are detailed here.

The INPP website promotes the work of the International Network by:

  • Encouraging research and education, with information about: local and national organisations; educational establishments, and web resources
  • Advertising forthcoming conferences and new publications

Please check this home page for up-to-date announcements regarding the international Philosophy and Psychiatry community.

To be kept informed about new and forthcoming publications and meetings in the philosophy of psychiatry, request to join the INPP email update list by emailing the secretary, Richard Gipps.

AAPP  –  Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry
latest Bulletin – Volume 27, no. 1  –  2020. This considers  which considers Phoebe Friesen’s discussion of the promises and perils of digital psychiatry along with commentaries and response.
 Please also find here a letter to INPP members from Jim Phillips, the Bulletin’s editor, which asks for commentaries for the next issue on a paper on choice theories of opioid addiction by Louis Charland, who is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, in Canada.
Call for papers: Jaspers on Understanding and its Application in Psychopathology
May 7 and 8, 2021

The Karl Jaspers Society of North America cordially invites proposals for presentations that engage with Jaspers’ concept of understanding and its application in psychopathology. During times when life becomes increasingly complex, and the boundaries between normal and abnormal psychological states disregard the categories proposed by the diagnostic classification manuals, Jaspers’ approach to psychopathology pertains more than ever. Jaspers’ Allgemeine Psychopathologie was first published in 1913 and translated into English by John Hoenig and Marian W. Hamilton in 1963. Jaspers refers to the Allgemeine Psychopathology as being an intellectual map with the explicit aim, in his words, “to develop and order knowledge guided by the methods through which it is gained-to learn to know the process of knowing and thereby to clarify the material” (Schilpp 1981, Philosophical Autobiography, p. 20). Jaspers’ delineation of the methods for comprehending mental disorders “remains unmatched to this day” (Paul McHugh, 1997), offering the much needed resolution to the contention between biological and interpretative psychiatry. By placing psychiatry at the crossroad of science and history, Jaspers acknowledged this encompassing dialectic as the indispensable way to understand the pathologic becoming.

We seek contributions that explore Jaspers’ epistemic and ontological discourse on understanding and its resonance to mental health. Submissions are welcome from philosophers, clinicians, scientists, and others with experience and or interest in contemporary neuroscience and mental health issues and debates. Post-doctoral students and graduate students are encouraged to participate.

Presentations are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes followed by a 20 minutes discussion with each one of the panel members, for a total time period of 30 minutes per presenter. Emphasis is on dialogue; the event will be videotaped and an edited version of the recording will be posted online. All participants are encouraged to submit full-length versions of their final, edited papers for consideration to be published in Existenz<http://www.existenz.us>. All contributors are welcome regardless of membership. A registration fee of $25.00 applies for all who are not an active member in the Karl Jaspers Society of North America.

Please send your working title and a brief abstract (200 words) to the program chair:

Alina Marin (Alina.Marin@kingstonhsc.ca<mailto:Alina.Marin@kingstonhsc.ca>) by December 15, 2020. Earlier submissions are appreciated and will be processed in the order as they are received.

Notification of placement will take place by February 10, 2021.

 Karl Jaspers Award 2021

The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) announces a competition for students and trainees. Eligibility includes medical students, graduate students in philosophy, psychology and related fields, and residents and fellows in psychiatry.

The Karl Jaspers Award is given for the best paper in the area of philosophy of psychiatry. Entries cannot have been published, nor can they have been submitted or accepted for publication, prior to submission for this award. Resubmissions will not be accepted. Papers may have more than one author but all authors must be eligible for the award. Appropriate topics for the essay include, among others, the conceptual basis of psychiatry as a discipline, the nature of explanation in psychiatry, the mind-body relation as related to psychiatric understanding, psychiatric methodology, psychiatric nosology and diagnostic issues, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophical aspects of the history of psychiatry, psychodynamic, hermeneutic and phenomenological approaches, and psychiatric ethics. Papers must have relevance for psychiatric theory, clinical practice or psychiatric research. Papers on general topics in philosophy of mind or cognitive science without relevance to psychiatry, broadly understood, are not appropriate for this award. Similarly, clinical reports or reflections that do not advance philosophical understanding are also inappropriate entries for this competition.

Winning submissions will be offered publication, following appropriate review and editing to meet journal guidelines, in the electronic version of Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology. The home universities or training programs of the award winners will be notified of the outcome. In addition, the winning entry will be announced at our AAPP Annual Meeting, held concurrently with the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting. In 2021, the meeting will be held on the weekend of May 1 and 2 in Los Angeles if in-person conferences are feasible and advisable by then. If not, plans will be made for a virtual conference. The award carries a cash prize of $350 and recognition in AAPP publications.

Criteria considered in judging the entries include:

  1. Demonstrated or potential relevance to psychiatric theory, research, or clinical practice
  2. Novelty and/or significance of the contribution
  3. Quality of argumentation
  4. Quality and clarity of writingThe deadline for submission of entries is Friday, December 11, 2020. Also:
  • Each submission must be between 3000 and 7500 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliographies.
  • Each submission must include a word count.
  • Each submission must be in PDF format.
  • Each submission must be ready for blind review and not contain the author’s name or other information what will make the author identifiable.
  • Each entrant must also send separately, in PDF or Word format, an explanation of her or his current career status and eligibility to enter the competition. In cases where the work is part of a project undertaken with others, entrants should also add explanations of the contributions of advisors or others to the work submitted.
  • Submissions that do not meet the requirements will be rejected without being considered.

Please send submissions to Dr. G. Scott Waterman (Scott.Waterman@uvm.edu).

For information on membership in the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, please see https://philosophyandpsychiatry.org/membership/.

Sanneke de Haan (2020). Enactive Psychiatry. Cambridge University Press. 


“Psychiatry is enormously complex. One of its main difficulties is to articulate the relationship between the wide assortment of factors that may cause or contribute to psychiatric disorders. Such factors range from traumatic experiences to dysfunctional neurotransmitters, existential worries, economic deprivation, social exclusion and genetic bad luck. The relevant factors and how they interact can differ not only between diagnoses but also between individuals with the same diagnosis. How should we understand and navigate such complexity? Enactive Psychiatry presents an integrative account of the many phenomena at play in the development and persistence of psychiatric disorders by drawing on insights from enactivism, a theory of embodied cognition. From the enactive perspective on the mind and its relation to both the body and the world, we can achieve a new understanding of the nature of psychiatric disorders and the causality involved in their development and treatment, thereby resolving psychiatry’s integration problem.”
1. The need for a model
2. Currently available models in psychiatry
3. Introduction to enactivism
4. Body and mind – and world
5. The existential dimension and its role in psychiatry
6. Enriched enactivism: existential sense-making, values, and socio-cultural worlds
7. Enactive psychiatry: psychiatric disorders are disorders of sense-making
8. An enactive approach to causes, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders

‘Sanneke de Haan weaves together the neurophysiological, sociocultural, and existential dimensions of psychiatry by skilfully putting enactive ideas to work. Attending to human experience and scientific rigour in equal measure, this profound book is as close as anyone has come to a truly integrative account of psychiatric disorders.’ Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Spain

‘This book addresses ‘the integration problem’ in psychiatry by developing an integrated account of brain-body-environment that cuts across experiential, physiological, and socio-cultural dimensions relevant to psychiatric practice and research. Although philosophically based, it is written for psychiatric practitioners and provides an innovative analysis of both enactivist philosophy and its place in psychiatry.’ Shaun Gallagher, Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Philosophy, University of Memphis

‘In this rigorous work, Sanneke de Haan provides a jargon-free overview of the enactive approach, extends it further into value theory and existentialism, and ultimately makes a highly compelling case for its relevance as a much-needed integrative framework for psychiatry. It is essential for anyone interested in non-reductionist approaches to mental disorders.’ Giovanna Colombetti, University of Exeter

‘The author’s precise thinking and compassionate investigation of the human condition perfectly embodies the enactive spirit.’ Hanne De Jaegher, University of the Basque Country, Spain