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Summer school in English in Psychiatry and Philosophy

Fridays 4th and 11th of September 2020

Royal Academy, Brussels, Belgium.

The first day will be divided into two topics: phenomenology of psychosis and ethical considerations in early detection of psychiatric disorders. Invited speakers are Jasper Feyaerts, Gert-Jan Vanaken and Kinge Berends.

On the second day, a new conceptualization of depression as an attunement disorder will be center stage with prof Thomas Fuchs from Germany and prof Bert van den Bergh from the Netherlands presenting their ideas and recent research.

For more information, please click on the flyer below.

AAPP  –  Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry
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


Special Issue (vol 27, no 1, 2020) of Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology journal: An Enactive Approach to Psychiatric Disorders
The special issue is available for free at https://muse.jhu.edu.issue/42067#info_wrap


Call for Papers

Synthese Topical Collection on

Multilayer networks and mechanisms in neuroscience and psychiatry

Guest Editors

Leon de Bruin (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Beate Krickel (University of Bochum)

Linda Douw (Amsterdam UMC)


The mechanistic explanatory strategy has had considerable success in
various neuroscientific subdisciplines, including molecular, cognitive and
computational neuroscience. Systems neuroscience, however, with its focus
on the study of networks at various levels of brain organization, has
proven to be a challenge. It is commonly accepted that mechanistic
explanation involves structural and functional decomposition  – breaking
down a system into concrete parts and activities in order to identify the
causal relationships that realize the phenomenon. But systems
neuroscientists seem to abstract away from concrete parts and activities
and instead focus on general properties of neural networks, such as
robustness and functional redundancy. Indeed, it has been suggested that
systems neuroscientists provide *topological* explanations, which aim to
explain how a system can resist or react to various perturbations. Some
have argued that these explanations can still count as mechanistic, as long
as we are willing to consider a less restrictive notion of mechanistic
explanation that focuses primarily on the identification of causal
relationships. By contrast, those who emphasize the importance of
structural decomposition in neuroscientific research have claimed that
topological explanations are not explanations at all.

The aim of this special issue is to address these questions about
mechanistic, causal and topological explanation in the light of recent
research on multilayer networks or ‘multiplexes’, in which variables
(“nodes”) are connected to each other via multiple types of connections (
“edges”). From a neuroscientific point of view, multiplexes are promising
because they provide a unique opportunity to integrate and analyze
information from various measurement techniques, such as diffusion-weighted
magnetic resonance imaging (DWI), magnetoencephalography (MEG),
electroencephalography (EEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging
(fMRI). For example, multiplexes can be used to study the interaction
between structural/anatomical connectivity (obtained with DWI) and
functional connectivity (obtained with fMRI), and in this way further our
understanding of the interplay between brain structure and function. However,
multiplexes can in principle also accommodate very different kinds of
information – not just brain-based information, but also e.g., information
from patient questionnaires, symptoms of mental disorders and social
interaction patterns. This makes the multiplex a very promising model to
bridge the gap between fundamental neuroscience and other scientific
disciplines. Indeed, recent approaches in psychiatry have proposed to
understand mental disorders in terms of symptom networks. Thus far, these
approaches have mainly focused on how individual symptoms dynamically
interact so as to sustain the other symptoms, but they could be extended
into multilayer networks that can accommodate other kinds of information as

We invite contributions that, among others:

·        investigate what kind of explanation multilayer networks provide.
To what extent do they qualify as causal-mechanistic explanations? Are
multilayer networks explanatory at all? Or are they primarily predictive?

·        determine the scope of multilayer network analysis (e.g.,
constraints on the kinds of information that can be included), and
investigate the key concepts (e.g., the concept of level) and measurements
(e.g., centrality measures) involved

·        examine how multilayer networks can further our understanding of
the interplay between different types of information (e.g., information
about structural, functional and effective connectivity) and what kinds of
connections can be included (e.g., it is possible to include intentional
relations in a multilayer network account of mental disorder?)

·        discuss case studies in systems neuroscience, psychiatry and other
scientific disciplines, in which the promises and pitfalls of multilayer
networks and their explanatory/predictive role is highlighted

·        present new insights in how to integrate and analyze information
from various measurement techniques in neuroscience, psychiatry and other
scientific disciplines

·        investigate the connection between multilayer network analysis and
more general topics in philosophy of science such as reductive explanation
and explanatory depth

For any further information, please contact the Guest Editors:

·        Leon de Bruin, l.debruin@ftr.ru.nl

·        Beate Krickel, beate.krickel@rub.de

·        Linda Douw, l.douw@vumc.nl

*Important dates and procedures*

WHEN: The submissions portal will be open between *11 March and 31 July

WHERE: Submit your paper through the Synthese Editorial Manager under a
dedicated heading entitled “T.C.: Multilayer networks and mechanisms in
neuroscience and psychiatry”.

Please visit Editorial Manager <https://www.editorialmanager.com/synt> and
select this heading when submitting the manuscript.

HOW: Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed as per usual journal practice.
Typically, two reviewers will be assigned to each paper and final decisions
will be taken by Synthese Editors in Chief, following the recommendation of
the Guest Editors, which is based on the reviewers’ reports. Please prepare
papers for anonymous reviews.



Intuitions Meet Experiments: Methods in Philosophy of Psychiatry

2020 AAPP Annual Conference: CANCELLED

AAPP regrets to announce that we are cancelling this conference due to concerns about public health from COVID-19.

We hope to reschedule at a future date.

Philadelphia PA: Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26, 2020

Intuitions Meet Experiments: Methods in Philosophy of Psychiatry

For more information click here.