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5th European Conference of the European Society For Philosophy Of Medicine And Healthcare

Philosophy and Mental Health

Oxford, June 28-30, 1991


8th European Conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare

1st International Conference in Philosophy of Medicine

Paris, France, May 30th – June 4th, 1994


1st International Conference on Philosophy and Mental Health

Marbella, Southern Spain

28th February – 2nd March 1996

Hosts: The Royal College of Psychiatrists Philosophy Group (UK) and The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (USA)

Organisers: George Graham and Bill Fulford

2nd International Conference on Philosophy and Mental Health

Vulnerability & Destiny: about the Phenomenology of Schizophrenia

Marseilles, France

June 28-30 1997

Host: Service Universitaire de Psychiatrie, Marseille

Organiser: Jean Naudin

3rd International Conference on Philosophy and Mental Health

Schizophrenia and Identity

Nice, France

25-27 June 1999

Host: Clinique de Psychiatrie et de Psychologie Medicale, Nice

Organisers: Dominic Pringuey and Frantz Sammy Kohl

4th International Conference on Philosophy and Psychiatry

Madness, Science and Society: Florence, Renaissance 2000

August 26-29, 2000

Hosts: The Societ? Italiana di Psicopatologia, The Philosophy Group of The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Philosophy Group, The City and University of Florence.

Organisers: Giovanni Stanghellini, Arnaldo Ballerini and Bill Fulford


Scottish Division of Royal College of Psychiatrists (Philosophy Special Interest Group) and Scots Philosophical Club (University of Stirling| Wednesday 22nd September 1999)

Autonomy -Responsibility and People with Mental Illness Living in the Community

Sandra Marshall, Dept of Philosophy, University of Stirling

Commentary: Dr Jacqueline Atkinson, Dept of Public Health, University of Glasgow


The Limits of the Medical Model in Child Psychiatry

Dr Nick Child, Child and Family Clinic, Motherwell

Commentary: Dr Matthew Elton, Dept of Philosophy, University of Stirling


Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Philosophy Special Interest Group) and Scots Philosophical Club (University of Stirling| Wednesday 20th September 2000)


Laing’s Legacy: What endures from the work of R.D. Laing?
Dr Iain Smith, Dept of Psychiatry, Gartnavel Royal Hopsital


Advanced Directives in Mental Health

Philosophical Perspective
Dr Susan Stuart, Dept of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Legal Perspective
Hilary Patrick, Solicitor, Edinburgh



5th International Conference on Philosophy and Psychiatry

Pain and Depression

Faculty des Saints-Peres

June 28-30th 2001, Paris, France

Hosts: Service de Psychiatrie Adulte; Universite Rene Descartes, Paris

Organiser: Bernard Granger


Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Philosophy Special Interest Group) and Scots Philosophical Club (University of Stirling| Wednesday 19th September 2001)

AM How can minds be sick?
Prof. Eric Matthews, University of Aberdeen

Dr Allan Beveridge, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline

PM – The assessment of (in)capacity
Dr David Findlay, Royal Dundee Liff Hospital

Sandra Marshall and Matthew Elton


‘How can philosophy help to understand the mind in psychosis?’ (7th June 2002, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Weston Education Centre, KCH.)

Morning session Chair – Dr Anita Avramides

9.40am What is phenomenology good for? – Prof Simon Critchley

10.20am Philosophy, Neuropsychology and Psychopathology of Captivation –
Dr John Cutting

11.20am Values in Psychiatric Diagnosis: The Case of Simon
– Professor Bill Fulford

Option to attend Maudsley Grand Round, Academic Neuroscience Centre .
‘Culture and Delusions’ Presenting team – Tony David,
Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and Chair – George Szmukler, Dean,
Institute of Psychiatry, KCL

2pm Imagination and Belief in Delusion – Prof Greg Currie

2.40pm Levels of Causal Explanation of Delusion – Prof John Campbell

3.40pm Infancy, Conflict & Psychosis – Dr Jim Hopkins

4pm Discussion Professor Eric Matthews


The 1st International Congress of Psychiatric Trainees on Science, Ethics and Philosophy

3-6 July 2002

Turku, Finland

Host: University of Turku, Department of Psychiatry; The Finnish Psychiatric Association (Trainees’ Section); and the Philosophy Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Organisers: Tanja Suomela and Markus Heinimaa


International Network for the Philosophy of Psychiatry – Launch Meeting

At the 12th Psychiatry Congress of the South African Society of Psychiatrists on The Psychiatrist, The Patient, The Community

Cape Town, South Africa

23-27 September 2002

Host: The South African Society of Psychiatrists

Organisers: Tuviah Zabow and Werdie van Staden


The 12th Psychiatry Congress of the South African Society of Psychiatrists

International Symposium on the Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry

The Psychiatrist, The Patient, The Community

23rd – 27th September 2002

Cape Town, South Africa

INPP was launched at this meeting.


A One-Day Symposium on Philosophy and Mental Disorder (20th November 2002|The Priory Hospital, Marchwood, Southampton)

Themes: (1) The Concept of Responsibility and (2) Psychiatry and Religious

Mike Bristow
Consultant Psychiatrist
St Georges Hospital, London

Larry Culliford
Consultant Psychiatrist, Brighton

Denis McManus
Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Southampton

Peter May
General Practitioner, Southampton

David Pugmire
Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Southampton

Alan Wear
Consultant Psychiatrist
Priory Hospital Marchwood

Jonathan Montgomery
Chair West Hampshire Trust


The Forum for European Philosophy and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Southampton (Room 1101, Avenue Campus, 5.30pm, Tuesday, 4th February 2003.) present:

“Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry”

Dr Derek Bolton (King’s College, London)


6th International Conference on Philosophy and Psychiatry

Ethics, Language and Suffering

Brasilia, Brazil

July 2003

Organisers: Ileno da Costa and Francisco Martins


7th International Conference on Philosophy and Psychiatry

Memory, Time and History

University of Heidelberg, Germany

23 – 26 September 2004

Organisers: Thomas Fuchs and Christoph Mundt

Web: (The final conference report can be found here.)


17th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP)

Technology and Psychiatry

The Sheraton Downtown Atlanta, Atlanta Rooms 1 & 2, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

21st-22nd May 2005

Full details of the conference, including the full programme, can be found here. (Requires Acrobat Reader.)



A two day international conference at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. September 5th/6th 2005

This is an interdisciplinary conference of psychiatrists, philosophers and psychologists. Psychiatric phenomenology will be approached from biological, socio-cultural and psychotherapeutic points of view by leading thinkers in the field. The conference rejuvenates interest in clinical phenomenology and its interaction with philosophical phenomenology. Speakers Nancy Andreasen, German Berrios, Peter Chadwick, John Cutting, Anthony David, Thomas Fuchs, Bill Fulford, Nassir Ghaemi, Arthur Kleinman, Paul Mullen, Jim van Os, Josef Parnas, Matthew Ratcliffe, Louis Sass, Giovanni Stanghellini, Kai Vogeley.


44th Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

October 20-22, 2005

This conference includes a panel presentation on Phenomenology and Psychopathology, which includes the following:

  • The Phenomenology of Agency and Ownership in Several Forms of Dissociation, Shaun Gallagher, University of Central Florida
  • Schizophrenic Perplexity and Questioning: A Phenomenological Approach, Jonathan Kim-Reuter, New School for Social Research
  • Generating Sense: Schizophrenia, Narrativity, and Phenomenological Praxis, Bryan Smyth, McGill University
  • Schizophrenia: Social Anomie and Personal Authenticity, Osborne Wiggins, Jr., University of Louisville

Further information can be found on the website


Broken Minds/Broken Bodies: What cognitive science can learn from neuro- psycho-pathologies (February 9-11, 2006| University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida)

Conference sponsored by the UCF Cognitive Sciences Program,
Philosophy Department, the Institute for Simulation and Training, and
the Clinical Neuroscience Lab at UCF

Plenary speakers:

Jonathan Cole (Clinical Neurosciences, University of Southampton, and
Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, University of
Bournemouth). Cole is a practicing neurophysiologist, an
experimentalist, and a researcher who is currently working on virtual
reality applications in clinical neuroscience. His most recent book
is Still Lives (MIT Press, 2004).

Anthony J. Marcel (MRC: Cognition and Brain Sciences; Psychology,
Cambridge University and University of Hertfordshire). Marcel works
on neglect, anosognosia and blindsight as well as with healthy
individuals. He has published a number of landmark studies on
nonconscious and conscious perception and has recently written on
consciousness and emotion experience.

Josef Parnas (Professor of Psychiatry, University of Copenhagen).
Parnas has conducted long-term studies of children of schizophrenic
parents, and he focuses on the phenomenology of schizophrenia.
Co-author of the forthcoming book, General Psychopathology for
Clinicians. New York: Wiley and Sons.


Alliance therapeutique et phenomenologie de l’amitie


le 9 MAI 2006

Atelier de 9h – 18h45 et Conference – 20h30

Organisation Pr D. Pringuey. SPCDN – Clinique de Psychiatrie – Abbaye de Saint Pons. CHU Pasteur BP 69 – 06002 Nice cedex 1 :


Philosophy, Psychology and Psychiatry: How does Empirical Evidence in Psychology and Psychiatry Impact on Common-Sense and Philosophical Accounts of the Mind?

Royal Institute of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, UK

May 13, 2006

  • Professor Martin Davies (Australian National University), The two-factor theory of delusions: A progress report.
  • Professor Susan Hurley (University of Warwick), The shared circuits model: How control, mirroring, and simulation can enable imitation and mind reading.
  • Dr Matthew Broome (King?s College London), What do current theories of psychosis tell us about psychiatrists’ views of the mind?
  • Dr Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University), Disorder, deviance and normality – can science distinguish them?
  • Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham), Motivation, Depression and Character.

The conference is open to the public but places are limited. A small conference fee will apply.

University of Birmingham, Arts Building, Lecture room 3.

Psychiatry and the Moral Emotions

AAPP: The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

18th Annual Meeting

May 20 & 21, 2006

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Details of the theme of the conference, and a Call for Abstracts, can be found at

Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry: Natural Kinds, Mental Taxonomy and the Nature of Reality

Danish National Research Foundation: Centre for Subjectivity Research

May 25-26, 2006

Organized by Josef Parnas & Kenneth S. Kendler

9th International Conference on Philosophy and Psychiatry

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and the Neurosciences (theme)

June 28 ? July 1, 2006

Leiden, The Netherlands

Organiser: Gerrit Glas

The conference website can be found at

Topics to be included in the program are:

  • philosophical contributions for new neurobiological conceptualizations
  • causality, reduction and meaning in neurobiological research
  • neuroscience and the self
  • philosophical and practical dimensions of the paradigm of ?embodied cognition?
  • philosophical aspects of research on social cognition
  • philosophical analysis of animal modeling
  • phenomenology, anthropological psychiatry and biological psychiatry
  • biological psychiatry, neuroscience, philosophy and the future of the profession
  • research ethics in biological psychiatry

Subjectivity, Intersubjectivity, Objectivity

September 21st – September 23rd, 2006

Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity Research

University of Copenhagen, The Faculty of Humanities, Auditorium 22.0.11, Njalsgade 140-142, Copenhagen S.

The Concept of the Unconscious in Ninteenth-Century German Thought

Thursday, 21 September – Friday, 22 September 2006

Stewart House/Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Co-Ordinators: Angus Nicholls (Queen Mary, University of London) and Martin Liebscher (IGRS, University of London)

Theoretical Psychology Beyond Borders: Transdisciplinarity and Internationalisation

Held by The International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP)

June 18-22, 2007

York University, Toronto, Canada

The conference website can be found at

10th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology

Hypotheses, Neuroscience and Real Persons

August 25th – August 30th, 2007

Sun City, South Africa


Convener: Prof Werdie Van Staden; Organiser: Sonja du Plessis

ANPOF (National Association of Postgraduate Studies on Philosophy) Working Group on Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

II International Congress of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

UFSCar – September 24 to 28, 2007

S?o Paulo (Brazil)


Institute of Philosophy School of Advanced Study

Self and Other in Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience

9.30am – 6.00pm, 23rd November, 2007

274/275, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, WC1

How can one mind know the content of other minds? Recently, what seemed to be intractable philosophical problems have been assumed to have been solved by neuroscience through the discovery of a mirror neuron system used to comprehend actions, intentions and emotions. Has neuroscience found the neural basis of intersubjectivity? If so, can philosophers make use of these findings to explain how the gap between self and other is bridged?

Invited Speakers:

  • Barry Smith (Birkbeck) Self, Other and What Comes First
  • Patrick Haggard (UCL) Self-consciousness and Somatosensation
  • Corrado Sinigaglia (Milan) Mirror Neurons and Motor Intentionality
  • Pierre Jacob (Institut Jean Nicod) What if mirroring turns out to be a by-product?
  • Elisabeth Pacherie (Institut Jean Nicod) The Phenomenology of Joint Agency
  • Nico Frijda (Amsterdam) How do we recognise emotions in others?

Registration details on the conference webpage

Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity Research

Unity and Self

On the reality of the self – philosophical, phenomenological, developmental and clinical perspectices.

29th – 30th November, 2007

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

See the Center for Subjectivity Research website calendar for further details.


Philosophy of Psychiatry WIP Workshop (10th Jan 2008| Lancaster University, UK)

9.30-10 – Nick Jones (York) Second-order theories of delusion

10 -10.30 – Matteo Mameli (Cambridge) – The innate and acquired in psychiatry.
11-11.30 Charlotte Blease (Belfast) – Scientific reasoning, folk reasoning, and PTSD
11.30-12 Rachel Cooper (Lancaster) – Psychiatry and reductionism.
12-12.30 Zoe Drayson (Bristol) – Extended cognition and Alzheimer’s.
12.30-1 Floris Tomasinni (Lancaster/ UCLAN) – Are certain motivations towards suicide understandable and justifiable?

2-2.30 Lisa Bortolotti (Birmingham) – Thought-insertion: memory and self-knowledge.
2.30-3 Natalie Banner (UCLAN) – Dementia and the space of reasons.
3-3.30 Miffy Williams (Manchester) – Dealing with plurality in explanations of depression

4-4.30 Tim Thornton (UCLAN) – On Empathy
4.30-5 Matthew Broome (Warwick) Virtual reality as a tool to study paranoia: how natural is the natural attitude?
5-5.30 Harry Lesser (Manchester) – Can mental illness be motivated?


Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology Interest Group at Otago

Day Conference: Identity and Self-Knowledge

Papers 11.30-5pm, Film/panel discussion 7-9pm

Thursday 31st January, 2008

9th Floor Seminar Room, Dunedin Public Hospital

Free: all welcome

  • Carl Elliott: The reversal of alienation by art
  • Grant Gillett: Free will moral responsibility and psychopaths
  • Stephen Lyng: The modern psyche at the edge
  • Richard Mullen: Identity and resentment in mental disorder
  • Daniel Svoboda: Is consciousness relevant in the formation or production of action?
  • Film and panel discussion: “The exorcism of Emily Rose”

See here for the conference poster.

Department of Philosophy, University of Dortmund

Workshop on Personal Identity, Multiple Personality and Responsibility

With Stephen Braude, Jennifer Radden and Carol Rovane

15th – 16th Feburary, 2008

Campus-Treff, Vogelpothsweg 120, 44227 Dortmund, Germany


  • Friday, 15 February, 3-7pm: Jennifer Radden (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
  • Saturday, 16 February, 10am-2pm, Stephen Braude (University of Maryland, Baltimore)
  • Saturday, 16 February, 3-7pm, Carol Rovane (Columbia University, New York)

Organization: Logi Gunnarsson

Registration and further information: Anna Kreysing

Balkan Academy for Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology “Athena Pallada”

International Symposium on “Current issues of PPP”

March 8th 2008

Sofia University, Bulgaria

Convenor / Moderators:

  • Dr Drozdstoj Stoyanov (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Prof Bill (K W M) Fulford (Warwick / Oxford, UK)

Scientific committee chair:

  • Prof Vanya Matanova

Topics addressed:

  • values-based mental health practice
  • neuro-philosophy
  • epistemology and methodology of mental health sciences

Invited speakers:

  • Bill (KWM) Fulford (Warwick / Oxford, UK)
  • George Nikolaidis (Athens, Greece)
  • Drozdstoj Stoyanov (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Svetlozar Haralanov (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Georgi Popov (Varna, Bulgaria)
  • Lilia Gurova (Sofia, Bulgaria)

For further information contact Drozdstoj Stojanov


Implementing the new Mental Health Act (UK)

Thursday 3 April 2008

ORT House Conference Centre in London

Key themes:

  • Implementing the new Mental Health Act
  • Supervised community treatment
  • Advocacy
  • Training
  • Cultural competence
  • Human rights and mental health
  • Mental capacity and the Mental Health Act

For full information please follow this link.

Universities of Lausanne and Copenhagen

Psychopathology of Schizophrenia: 100 Years

The program focuses on the essential symptoms of schizophrenia, originally designated by Eugen Bleuler as the fundamental symptoms. The goal is to provide an indepth description of these domains of psychopathology and a discussion of their contemporary status, both on theoretical and empirical level.

24th – 26th April, 2008

Lausanne, Switzerland

Presided by Prof. Mario Maj, Naples, President-elect of the World Psychiatric Association.

See the conference flyer for further details.

Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry: AAPP

Political Extremism and Psychopathology

To address the question of what role psychopathology plays in the political life of extremists.

3rd – 4th May, 2008

Washington, DC

See the call for abstracts for more details.

NORWEGIAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION Committee for basic problems in psychiatry

Seminar: Psychiatry and Philosophy of science

Bergen 29/5 – 30/5-08

Location: Haukeland university hospital, Auditorium D-303 (Birkhaugsalen)

Leader of seminar: Chief psychiatrist, dr.philos. Jon Geir Heyersten MD

Thursday 29/5-08


Human rights, coersion and voluntariness. (Philosophical theme: Free will, autonomy, determinism)

by Prof. Dr.philos. Knut Venneslan, Lagmann Dr.juris., Hanne Sophie Greve, Overlege Oddur Bjarnason; Lawyer, Philosopher, Psychiatrist

1230- 1515

Classification and diagnoses in medicine, psychiatry and psychology (Philosophical theme: Models of explanation)

by Psychiatrist: Oddur Bjarnason

Personality disorders (Models of explanation and understanding)

by Psychiatrist Dr. med Theresa Wilberg

Friday 30/5-08


Consciousness (Phenomenology)

by Philosopher, Psychiatrist: Jon Geir H?yersten; Egil Olsvik, PhD

Mind/body (Dualism/monism; Reduction and emergence)

Philosopher Prof. Dr. philos. Nils Gilje. Psychiatrist: Oddur Bjarnason

1230- 1515

Psychotherapy/Psychopathology/Clinical Psychiatry (Evidence based psychiatry; positivism)

by Psychiatrist: Overlege Andreas Landsnes

The Methodological basis of Psychotherapy (Hermeneutic, phenomenological, and existential dimensions)

by Psychiatrist: Jon Morgan Stokkeland

Philosophy Department, University of Bristol

Explanation, Reduction, and Models of Psychopathology

A one-day workshop in philosophy of psychiatry

Tuesday 17 June 2008

10am ? 5pm


  • Dominic Murphy (CalTech/University of Sydney): Psychiatry as cognitive neuroscience
  • Rachel Cooper (Lancaster): Making sense of levels of explanation in psychiatry
  • Tim Thornton (UCLan): The interface problem in philosophy and psychiatry
  • Havi Carel (UWE): Naturalism and Phenomenology: Explanation and Description

See the website for details of how to register.

The Institute of Philosophy and Heythrop College, University of London

Mind, Art and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives on Richard Wollheim

20 June, 2008

Richard Wollheim, former Grote Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College, London and Mills Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, was one of the most original and pre-eminent philosophers of mind and aesthetics of the late 20th century, whose work reached beyond philosophy to engage psychoanalysts and art historians as well. Yet his thought has received comparatively little comment and discussion. This conference seeks to undo some of that neglect.

Invited speakers:

  • Anthony Price
  • James Hopkins
  • Derek Matravers

The conference will comprise two symposia, one on psychoanalysis, the other on aesthetics, individual papers, and a conference address.


We invite papers on any aspect of Wollheim’s philosophy of mind, particularly in relation to psychoanalysis and the theory of art. Please send a detailed abstract of 500-1000 words (or a full paper) by 15 March 2008 to:

Michael Lacewing
Heythrop College
Kensington Square
W8 5HQ

Or email Michael Lacewing.

Speakers’ travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.


For registration and enquiries, please contact Philosophy at SAS

Registration fees

  • Individual members of the Institute of Philosophy: Free
  • Students in an institution with membership of the Institute of Philosophy: 5
  • Staff in an institution with membership of the Institute of Philosophy: 15

Standard: 20


Conference on Hallucination (11-14 September 2008|Crete)

Interdisciplinary Philosophy/Psychology Conference on Hallucination organised by:
Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, Department of Philosophy, University of Glasgow and Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, and the Mind and Brain Graduate Programme, University of Crete.



Royal College of Psychiatry Philosophy Special Interest Group

A Philosophical Understanding of Schizophrenia

26th September, 2008

The Council Room, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PG.

A one-day conference bringing professionals of international standing from psychiatry, philosophy and psychology together to explore schizophrenia from a philosophical perspective.

  • 09:00 Coffee and welcome by the Chair of the meeting, Dr Man Cheung Chung, University of Plymouth
  • 09:30 Professor Peter Kinderman (Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool) The validity and utility of diagnostic labels an alternative perspective
  • 10:45 Dr Johannes Roessler (Dept of Philosophy, University of Warwick) Thought insertion and self-awareness
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Professor Rom Harr (Dept of Psychology, Georgetown University; Emeritus Fellow, Linacre College, Oxford) Preferring psychoneurology to neuropsychology to name the basic disciple
  • 14:15 Coffee
  • 14:45 Professor Peter Liddle (Dept of Psychiatry, Nottingham University) Schizophrenia: the differing models of reality perceived from the mind and brain perspectives are two sides of one coin
  • 16:00 Plenary discussion
  • 16:30 End of conference

Application form here.

Cognitive Disability: A Challenge to Moral Philosophy

September 18-20, 2008

Stony Brook Manhattan, 401 Park Avenue South (between 27th and 28th Streets)

The realities of cognitive disability pose a significant challenge to certain key conceptions philosophers have held. Philosophers have conceived of the mark of humanity as the possession of rational cognitive capacities. They have traditionally extended the mantles of equality, dignity, justice, responsibility, and moral fellowship to those with these abilities, whom they speak of as “persons.” What then should we say about those with severe cognitive disabilities? How should we treat these individuals and what sorts of entitlements can they claim? Should we grant the arguments of some philosophers who want to parse our moral universe in ways that depend on degrees of cognitive capacity, not on being human? How do claims for the moral consideration of animals bear on the question? Is it morally acceptable to consign some human beings to the status of “non-persons”? Philosophers have rarely faced these questions squarely and systematically.

Speakers include public intellectuals such as Michael Brub, Ian Hacking, Martha Nussbaum and Peter Singer. The conference will explore philosophical questions about three specific populations people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and those labelled mentally retarded? ?and will raise ethical and foundational questions on regarding both theoretical and practical matters.

Further conference information at the Stonybrook website.

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health

Third Annual JEMH Conference on Ethics in Mental Health: Theme: ?True Colours?

Oct. 3-4 (Friday, Saturday) 2008

Lakefield, Ontario, Canada

Please see the webpage for further details.

International Network for Philosophy & Psychiatry

Psychiatry & Freedom

Concerning the relation of psychiatry and human freedom.

October 6-8, 2008

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, Texas, USA

Sample sections include:

  • Eudaimonia and the goals of psychiatry
  • Free will, psychiatric genetics and molecular neuroscience
  • Crime, moral responsibility, and mental disorder
  • Meaning and mental health
  • Coercion and compulsion
  • Freedom and digital universes
  • Psychiatry and politics: repression, expression or digression?
  • Psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and ideology

Contact Linda Muncy for further details.

Find a General Overview here.

See the Conference Website here.

Also see the first call for abstracts for more details.

National Congress on Integrative Approaches in Psychiatry


8 November 2008

SYMPOSIUM ON METHODOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH, 08.11.2008, 13.30-15.00, Hall 3.

Moderator: Prof. G.Popov. Lecturers: prof. Dr G. Popov, Prof. Dr D. S. Stoyanov , prof. V. Matanova, prof. Dr Sv.Haralanov, prof. Dr D. Svinarov, Dr D. Shkodrova,, E. Haralanova


  • Meta-theoretical problems of mental health, D.Stoyanov
  • The chaos in mental health or how order emerges from chaos, G.Popov
  • Pharmacodynamic biomarkers in schizophrenic psychoses: methodological aspects. S. Haralanov, E. Haralanova, D. Shkodrova, D. Svinarov
  • Impact of psychological functioning on neuropsychological results, V.Matanova

DISCOS (Disorders and Coherence of the Embodied Self – Marie Curie Research Training Network).

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Disorders and Coherence of the Embodied Self

Heidelberg, Germany

13 – 15 November, 2008

Organised by Thomas Fuchs & Peter Henningsen

Main Speakers:

  • Dan Hutto, Thomas Metzinger, Dan Zahavi (Philosophy)
  • Vittorio Gallese, Steven Laureys, Yves Rossetti, Kai Vogeley (Neuroscience)
  • Thomas Fuchs, Josef Parnas (Psychiatry/Psychopathology)
  • Gy?rgy Gergely, Paul Harris, Philippe Rochat (Developmental Psychology)
  • Peter Fonagy, Peter Henningsen, Gerd Rudolf (Psychosomatic Medicine)

Further Information: Second Announcement and Call for Posters

DISCOS 2008 Email Contact

III National Meeting of Researchers in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis and Society

Fluminense Federal University – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

24th to 27th November, 2008

Call for submission of papers

The National Meeting of researchers in philosophy and psychoanalysis is a biennial event that occurs in Brazil. This IIIrd Meeting, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Federal University Fluminense (UFF). The III National Meeting of Researchers in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis will have tables for the presentation of papers for teachers, as well as masters and doctoral students who research in the area. These papers must relate to topics clearly inserted into the thinking that covers the philosophical appeal to psychoanalysis. Each presenter will have 30 minutes of exposure plus 10 minutes of debate. Those interested should send an abstract of up to 2,000 taps until the 15th October 2008 to Analise.

The list of approved papers will be published on October 31st, 2008.

Speakers confirmed:

  • Eran Dorfman (Israel)
  • Christian Hoffman (France)
  • Antonio Teixeira (UFMG)
  • Christian Dunker (USP)
  • Ernani Chaves (UFPA)
  • Gilson Iannini (UFOP)
  • Leopoldo Fulgencio (PUCCampinas)
  • Oswaldo Giacoia Junior (UNICAMP)
  • Richard Theisen Simanke (UFSCar)
  • Vladimir Safatle (USP)
  • Zeljko Loparic (UNICAMP)
  • Tania Rivera (UNB)
  • Claudia Murta (UFES)
  • Francisco Bocca (PUC-PR)
  • Jose Miguel Francisco Henriques Bairr?o (USP-PR)
  • Walter Evangelista (UFMG)
  • Isleide Arruda Fontenelle (FGV-SP)
  • Mark Joseph Muller-Granzotto (UFSC)
  • Claudio Oliveira (UFF)
  • Joel Birman (UFRJ)
  • Leonel Francisco Fernandes (UFF) and Fernanda Moura Costa (UFRJ)
  • Ricardo de Sa (UFF)
  • Paulo Vidal UFF)
  • Regina Herzog (UFRJ)
  • Isabel Strong (UFRJ)

Organizing Committee:

  • Claudio Oliveira (UFF)
  • Richard Theisen Simanke (UFSCAR)
  • Joel Birman (UFRJ)
  • Leopoldo Fulgencio (PUC-Campinas)
  • Vladimir Safatle (USP)

DGPPN Conference

26 – 29 November 2008

ICC Berlin

Includes philosophical discussion, such as at Track: T17 Philosophische und geschichtliche Themen


Seminar Room, St John’s College Research Centre, 45 St Giles, Oxford, UK

Mondays 8.15pm

Conveners: Dr Louise Braddock, Dr Michael Lacewing and Professor Paul Tod.

  • January 26th, 2009
    PROFESSOR NAOMI SEGAL (Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies School of Advanced Study, University of London)
    To love and be loved: Sartre, Anzieu and the theories of the caress.
  • February 9th, 2009
    PROFESSOR JANE RENDELL (The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London)
    Site-Writing: Critical Spatial Practice.
  • February 23rd, 2009
    DR BRIAN GARVEY (University of Lancaster)
    Ego-Devo: Freud and the prospect of an evolutionary developmental psychology.
  • March 9th, 2009
    DR. DAVID ARMSTRONG (Tavistock Consultancy Service)
    What is the proper object of a psychoanalytic approach to working with organisations?

The seminar is open free of charge to members of the University and to mental health professionals but space is limited. To attend, please e-mail Paul Tod

Mental Disorder Workshop

Friday 6th March 2009

Lecture Room 1 (room no. A.041), Warwick Medical School, Gibbet Hill Campus, University of Warwick

This one-day workshop will be the second event of a new Multidisciplinary Research Network on The Concepts of Health, Illness and Disease, funded by the AHRC. The network is managed by Dr Havi Carel (UWE) and Dr Rachel Cooper (Lancaster).

For more information on the network:

Within the broader framework of the project, which examines the concepts of health, illness and disease, this workshop will focus on mental disorder. How is mental illness different from physical illness? What are its unique features? What challenges does mental illness pose to different definitions of disease?

9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-11.00 Tim Thornton (UCLan), ‘Values and the Pathological Status of Psychiatric Symptoms’

11.00-12.30 Shane Glackin (Leeds), ‘Tolerance and Illness: The Politics of Medical and Psychiatric Classification’ Serife Tekin (York), ‘How Should We Understand Mental Illness? Christian Perring (Dowling), ‘Are Relationship Problems Disorders? Harmful Dysfunction versus Pragmatism’

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.30 Derek Bolton (Institute of Psychiatry), ‘Defining Mental Disorder’

2.30-3.30 Matthew Broome (Warwick), ‘Mental Disorders as Mental’ Leen De Vreese (Ghent), ‘Mental vs. Physical Disorders? A Pluralistic Framework’

3.30-4.00 Coffee

4.00-5.00 Elizabeth Barry (Warwick), ‘Samuel Beckett and Mental Disorder: An Empirical Approach’ Stephen Soanes (Warwick), ‘Probationary, Simple, and Economical: Designing for Convalescence within English Mental Hospitals, 1830-1939’

5.00-6.00 Lisa Bortolotti (Birmingham), ‘Epistemic Definitions of Mental Disorders: Benefits and Pitfalls’

To register: Please email Dr Havi Carel to reserve a place for this workshop (there is no registration fee).

For maps and directions:

Although we are unable to reimburse travel expenses of those attending, attendance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Some travel bursaries for postgraduate students are available. Please email Dr Havi Carel to apply for these.

Vices and Disorders

Lancaster University

Friday 13th March


The workshop is free and open to all, but places are limited. Please email Rachel Cooper to reserve a place.

Please note that Rachel will be away from the 7th – 28th Feb, so if you email during this period you may not get a reply until she gets back.

10-10.30 Harry Lesser (Manchester) Suppose vice was an illness, illness a vice: what can we learn from Butler’s Erewhon?

10.30-11.30 Havi Carel (UWE) The phenomenology of eating disorders.

11.45-12.45 Chris Megone (Leeds) Vices and disorders – a neo-Aristotelian view.

2-3 Tim Chappell (Open) Who can we blame?

3-4 Christian Perring (Dowling College, USA)The moral responsibility of people with mental illnesses for their actions.

4.15-5 Edward Harcourt (Oxford) Madness, badness and immaturity in psychoanalysis

Emergent Encounters in Film Theory

Intersections Between Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: An International Film Studies Conference

King?s College, London, March 21st 2009, Strand Campus, supported by the KCL Roberts Fund and Wallflower Press.

Organized by Davina Quinlivan, Markos Hadjioannou, Ruth McPhee and Louis Bayman.


Keynote Speakers:

  • Parveen Adams (Fellow of the London Consortium)
  • Steven Shaviro (Wayne State University)

Interdisciplinary approaches to the theoretical discussion of the cinematic medium have often engaged with philosophical or psychoanalytic perspectives. While philosophy and psychoanalysis are by no means opposed schools of thought, the potential to develop new ways of understanding film remains an opportunity to be explored. In seeking out further lines of enquiry, the study of intersections between cinema/philosophy/psychoanalysis, seems most pertinent to our generation of film thinking, to invoke Daniel Frampton’s concept of the ‘film mind’, whose future still stands, to some extent, in the shadow of psychoanalysis. Recent philosophical models of thought offered by film theorists such as Frampton and D.N Rodowick embrace a new ontological grasp of the cinema, but what then are the implications of this shift for psychoanalysis? The question, therefore, remains whether philosophy and psychoanalysis are indeed irreconcilable, or if the specific philosophical turn sets up boundaries that unjustly seal off the possibility of dialogue between the two methodologies.

We invite proposals of 200 words for papers of 20 minutes on areas including:

  • Films as philosophical and/or psychoanalytical form of representation
  • Questions of realism and illusion, from documentary cinema to the fantasy genre
  • Ethical responses to, and within, cinema
  • The family, sociality, fraternity and sorority
  • Changes and developments within spectatorship
  • The impact of, and approaches to, new technologies
  • Responses and approaches to film aesthetics/film art
  • Corporeal subjectivity, embodiment and the senses
  • Temporality, memory and amnesia in the cinema
  • Depictions of criminality, revenge and guilt

Please send abstracts by 14th November 2008 to Encounters Conference

Are We Mad? Critical Perspectives on the Canadian Mental Health System

University of Alberta, in Edmonton

March 26 & 27, 2009

This event will be hosted in conjunction with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law and Legal Activist Collective.


The purpose of this Conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines for a critical discussion of the Canadian mental health system, and the problems this system may create both for individuals and for society more generally.

The treatment of the mentally ill in Canada is an ongoing source of concern. This conference will examine this treatment and provide critical perspectives that are generally not understood by the public. In particular, the legal, social and ethical implications of the medicalisation of mental illness, disease mongering by the pharmaceutical industry, the inherent power disparities and grievous dangers attendant to the idea of involuntary hospitalization, revisionistic and patient-centric positions on patient rights, and the ramifications of widespread xenophobia with respect to the mentally ill will all be addressed.

Are We Mad? Critical Perspectives on the Canadian Mental Health System? is a forum designed to bring together those sharing these, and other, concerns with the current state of the mental health system in Canada. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on any of the conference topics listed below. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference by one of the authors and published in the proceedings. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality.


  • Legal issues surrounding mental illness
  • Medicalisation of mental illness
  • Patient rights
  • Popular representations of mental illness
  • Pharmaceutical ties to academic psychiatry
  • Treatment efficacy and withdrawal
  • Disease mongering in areas of mental health
  • Involuntary hospitalization
  • Stigma and the mentally ill



Authors should submit a presentation abstract of between 500-1000 words in length, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, to Authors should prepare abstracts expecting a presentation time of approximately 20 minutes.

The program committee will review all abstracts and the contact author (the author who submits the paper) will be notified of the result, by e-mail.

Submission procedure: -A “double-blind” evaluation method will be used. To facilitate this procedure, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the full abstract, WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors. -The manuscript must contain the paper title and abstract but NO NAMES OR CONTACT DETAILS WHATSOEVER are to be included in any part of this file. -The file sent must be a zip containing two files: author(s) information in one and the paper, without any author(s) information, in another. PS/PDF/DOC formats are acceptable.


  • Abstract Submission: February 15, 2009
  • Authors Notification: February 28, 2009
  • Final Presentation Submission and Registration: March 20, 2009
  • Conference date: March 27 & 28, 2009


The conference will be held in Telus Center on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Questions with respect to this Call for Papers can be directed to

AAPP: Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry

21ST Annual Meeting: Philosophical Issues in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

May 16 & 17, 2009

San Francisco, California

Conference Co-Chairs: Christian Perring, Ph.D., Dowling College, NY ; Lloyd Wells, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, MN

Child and adolescent psychiatry has had relatively little philosophical attention, yet it is rich with theoretical, conceptual, ethical, and social issues. Children and adolescents are still undergoing significant psychological development and they occupy very different social roles from adults, so their experience of emotional and cognitive problems is very different from that of adults. A central issue is whether we should conceive of childhood mental disorder in the same way as adult mental disorder, and how we should acknowledge the differences between children and adults in our classification schemes. It is generally acknowledged that family dynamics can play a major role in the development of a child’s emotional problems, and many in the field have argued that the family should be the central unit of treatment. Yet the trend in psychiatry is to move towards a more individualistic or atomistic understanding of mental disorder, and this places child and adolescent psychiatry potentially in tension with the rest of the field. Philosophical discussion has the potential to illuminate and even resolve some of the theoretical disputes. Furthermore, ethical issues have been especially prominent in the treatment of children and adolescents, from the disputes about the potential over-diagnosis and resulting needless treatment of childhood ADHD and depression, to alarming claims that some antidepressants can cause suicidal behavior in young people. In medical ethics, there has been growing awareness of the need to recognize the rights of children, and the importance of sometimes letting them participate in treatment decisions. The task of determining criteria for the competence of young people is especially challenging when they have mental disorders. This AAPP conference will provide the opportunity for psychiatrists, psychologists and philosophers to address these and related issues.

The call for abstracts and further information about the conference can be found at



Balkan Association for Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology

May 21st, 2009

Sofia, Bulgaria


CO-ORGANIZED WITH Sofia University St.Kliment Ohridski (Clinical Psychology and Counseling Program) and Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv (Center for Philosophy and Mental Health)

Tentative Schedule:

9-9.15 am Opening ceremony. Welcome speeches. Address from Prof. Lord Patel of Bradford, OBE

Inauguration of Professor Derek Bolton with Honorary Membership of BAPPP

PLENARY SESSION – Chair: Professor Drozdstoy Stoyanov

  • 9.15-10.00 am – Derek Bolton, King’s College and Institute of Psychiatry, London – On the proper definition of mental Disorder
  • 10.00-10.45am – Jakob Korf, Gronningen, the Netherlands – Brain Serotonin, Recovery from Depression and Causation
  • 10.45-11.00 Coffee break

VENUE BLOCK A – Chair: Professor Vanya Matanova

  • 11.00am -11.30 pm – George Nikolaidis, Institute of Child Health, Athens – Clinical Intuition and Rationalization of Clinical Decisions
  • 11.30 – 12. 00 pm – Georgi Popov, Medical University of Varna – Experiential time as non-linear time
  • 12.00- 12.30 pm – Drozdstoy Stoyanov, Medical University of Plovdiv – Meta-theoretical problems of mental health and the scientification perspective

12.30- 01.30 pm Launch Break; Hall 21, Southern corpus of the Sofia University

VENUE BLOCK B – Chair: Professor Georgi Popov

  • 01.30 – 02.00 pm – Vanya Matanova, Sofia University – Labeling with Mental Disease in the childhood
  • 02.00 – 02.30 pm – Hugh McCormack, KCL, London – The belief-delusion continuum
  • 02.30- 03.00 – Somogy Varga, Centre for subjectivity research, Copenhagen – The Sense of realness

03.00-03.15 pm Coffee Break

VENUE BLOCK C – Chair: Professor Derek Bolton

  • 03.15 – 03.45 pm – Ognyan Saparev, Plovdiv University – Exteriorization of Psychosis in the Public and Mass Media
  • 03.45 – 04.15 – Ivan Christov, Sofia University – Were there values based practices in the Ancient Medicine?
  • 04.15 – 04. 45 pm – Todor Petkov – Is Logic fundamentally prepared to work in psychiatry?

04.45 pm ROUND TABLE – Moderator: Dr George Nikolaidis

Email: BAPPP1 or BAPPP2


  • Prof. Drozdstoj Stoyanov (Chair)
  • Prof. Vanya Matanova
  • Prof. Ognyan Saparev
  • Prof. Ludmil Mavlov
  • Prof. Georgi Popov
  • Dr Ivan Gerdjikov


  • Prof. George Nikolaidis (Chair)
  • Prof. Charalampos Ierodiakonou
  • Prof. Ivan Hristov
  • Prof. Lilia Gurova
  • Prof. Svetlozar Haralanov
  • Deyan Deyanov


  • Prof. KWM (Bill) Fulford, UK
  • Prof. John Sadler, USA
  • Prof. Giovanni Stanghellini, D.H.C., Italy
  • Prof. Maria Luisa Figueira, Portugal
  • Prof. CW (Werdie) van Staden, RSA
  • Prof. Michael Musalek, Austria
  • Prof. Markus Heinimaa, Finland

Complete Programme in English and Bulgarian

Philosophy of Psychiatry Symposium

Thursday 28th May, 2009

St Cross College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


  • 9.30-10.00am Registration and welcome by Prof Andrew Goudie, Master of St Cross College
  • 10.00am-11.15am Prof Martin Davies, (Oxford), Explaining pathologies of belief: The two-factor framework
  • Commentary by Prof Louis C. Charland, (Western Ontario)
  • 11.15am-11.30am Coffee Break
  • 11.30am-12.45pm Prof Tim Thornton, (UCLAN), The everyday uncanny and the Sassian project
  • Commentary by Prof Werdie van Staden, (Pretoria)
  • — Morning sessions chaired by Prof Tony Hope, (Oxford)
  • 12.45pm-2.30pm Lunch to be provided at St Cross College
  • 2.30pm-3.45pm Dr Tim Bayne, (Oxford), Schizophrenia and the unity of consciousness
  • Commentary by Dr Hanna Pickard, (Oxford)
  • 3.45pm-4.00pm Coffee Break
  • 4.00pm-5.15pm Prof John Campbell, (Berkeley), Causation in Psychiatry
  • Commentary by Dr Matthew Broome, (Warwick)
  • — Afternoon sessions chaired by Prof Bill Fulford, (Oxford/Warwick)
  • 5.15pm-7.00pm Wine reception for delegates at St Cross College

The 1st St Cross Symposium in Philosophy of Psychiatry was held in Oxford on 28th May co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Humanities Section of the World Psychiatric Association. Speakers included the current and former holders of the Oxford Wilde Professorship of Mental Philosophy, Martin Davies (Oxford) and John Campbell (Berkeley), Tim Thornton, Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health (UCLAN), and Dr. Tim Bayne (Oxford). A clinical perspective was provided by commentators Dr Louis Charland (Western Ontario), Prof Werdie van Staden (Pretoria), Dr Hanna Pickard (Oxford), and Dr Matthew Broome (Warwick). Sessions were chaired by Prof Tony Hope (Oxford) and Prof Bill Fulford (Oxford/Warwick). The event marked the start of a series of symposia to be held in Oxford, which will provide great stimulus for research in the field of philosophy of psychiatry in the UK and beyond. The organisers are grateful to the Laces Trust, St Cross College, Oxford University Press, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics for support. Symposium report by William Davies.)

Tim Thornton’s reflections on the symposium.

Promoting the Critical Mental Health Movement

Critical Psychiatry Network Conference 2009

22nd June 2009

Dunstan Hall, Norwich, UK

“The Critical Psychiatry Network argues that psychiatry can be practised without the justification of postulating brain pathology as the basis for mental illness. This position should not be misunderstood as implying that mind and brain are separate. Perhaps a way to express what is being said is that mental disorders must show through the brain but not always in the brain. The conference will provide a forum for debate both within critical psychiatry and between critical and mainstream psychiatry.”

See here for the conference website.

UKCEN Annual Conference 2009

9th Annual conference of the UK Clinical Ethics Network

Hosted by Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust Clinical Ethics Committee

Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th June at St Hugh?s College Oxford

Capacity, Responsibility, and Authenticity

This conference will be of interest to clinicians and non-clinicians working in the health service, anyone involved with clinical ethics support or with an interest in the ethical dimension of health care.

Topics for discussion

  • Interpretation of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Assessing capacity in clinical practice
  • When is someone responsible for their decisions?
  • New developments in neuroethics
  • Moral deliberation as a method for ethics case consultation

Speakers include

  • Professor Jonathan Glover
  • Dr Gwen Adshead
  • Dr Hanna Pickard
  • Professor Julian Savulescu

Coercion in Mental Health Practice: compulsion, autonomy, persuasion

8-9th July 2009

Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand

Conference webpage:

The conference is being organised by the Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology Group at Otago University.

British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference 2009

Philosophy of psychiatry submissions are welcomed and hopefully there will be a philosophy of medicine/ philosophy of psychiatry/ philosophy of psychology stream of parallel sessions again this year.



email Rachel Cooper

The programme will consist of both invited and contributed papers, for which there is a call for papers.


  • James Ladyman and Anjan Chakravartty – Metaphysics and philosophy of science
  • Elliott Sober and Greg Radick – Darwin and evidence for evolution
  • Simon Saunders and Carl Hoefer – Probability, realism, and quantum mechanics


Submissions are invited from professional philosophers as well as graduate students. Papers may be on any topic within the philosophy of science and should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, which will allow 10 minutes discussion. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be received at the address below no later than Friday February 6th 2009. Please send submissions by email (in the body of a message, or as attachments in plain text, rtf or Microsoft Word format). Abstracts will be refereed, and successful contributors notified during March or April. As in previous years, postgraduate students attending the conference will be entitled to subsidised accommodation, and if they present a paper, to help with their travel expenses within the UK.

The Nour Foundation

Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University

Georgetown University Symposium Series

Technology, Neuroscience & The Nature of Being: Considerations of Meaning, Morality & Transcendence

Part Two: Understanding Brain, Mind, and the Nature of Being

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The Stelios Ioannou Centre, Lecture Theatre, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU


Registration: Registration

  • 9.20 am: Welcome by Richard Rass and James Giordano
  • 9.30 am – 11 am: The Mereological fallacy, by Peter Hacker and Geraint Rees
  • 11 am: Coffee
  • 11.15 am – 12.45 pm: Relationality, responsibility and personhood, by James Giordano and Roland Benedikter
  • 12.45 pm – 2 pm: Lunch, Richard Finn
  • 1.45 pm – 3.15 pm: Aesthetics and neuroscience, by Parashkev Nachev and John Hyman
  • 3.15 pm – 4.30 pm: Neuroscience and the spirit, by Elie During and James Giordano
  • 4.30 pm: Tea
  • 4.45 pm – 6.00 pm: Neuroscience and the question of normality, by Hanna Pickard and Roger Scruton
  • 6.00 – 6.30 pm: General discussion, James Giordano and Roger Scruton
  • 7.00 – 7.30pm: Drinks followed by dinner for speakers

The Fifth R D Laing Conference: THE POLITICS OF EVIDENCE

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (Philosophy Special Interest Group) in conjunction with the Philadelphia Association

Saturday 10th October 2009

Kings Fund, 11 – 13 Cavendish Square, London W1, UK

Keynote speaker: David Healy; Professor of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University College of Medicine

This conference will explore the pivotal concept of ‘evidence’ in today’s psychological therapies through a series of debates.

See here for the conference webpage and booking form.

12th International Conference for Philosophy and Psychiatry

Understanding Mental Disorders

October 22-24, 2009

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Conference organizers:

Conference office: Ideias ao Quadrado. Rua Mariana Vilar . Bloco 1 ? escrit?rio 1A . 1600-537 Lisboa

phone + 351 21 712 10 10; fax + 351 21 715 90 66

inpp 2009 conference enquiries

Autonomy and Mental Health

7-8 January 2010

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

The conference aims to identify and explore the underlying connections between the concepts of autonomy, decisional capacity, and mental disorder. It will provide a forum for philosophers, psychiatrists, legal experts, and other professionals whose work builds on these challenging concepts.

The questions, we shall address include:

  • Does the notion of capacity necessarily involve some evaluative components? How does it relate to the notion of autonomy?
  • What are the defining features of mental disorder? Should they comprise distress and diminished control over one’s actions?
  • Is the focus on patient autonomy helpful in the context of mental healthcare? Does it unwittingly undermine both considerations of privacy and the rationale for practical assistance?
  • Could philosophical conceptions of autonomy account for psychiatric cases, in which autonomy is deemed to be compromised? Would the standard distinction between moral and personal autonomy be applicable?


  • Prof. Derek Bolton (Professor of Philosophy & Psychopathology, King’s College London and Hon. Consultant Clinical Psychologist,& Associate Director, Clinical Governance, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust)
  • Dr Lisa Bortolotti (Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Elizabeth Fistein (Cambridge Intellectual & Development Disabilities Research Group, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge)
  • Prof. Bill Fulford (Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford, and Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick)
  • Prof. Jane Heal (Professor in Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Jules Holroyd (Lecturer, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University)
  • Prof. Agnieszka Jaworska (Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California Riverside)
  • Dr Hallvard Lillehammer (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
  • Prof. Jennifer Radden

From the Joint Balkan and Bulgarian INPP Association

By Prof. Dr Drozdstoj St. Stoyanov

The Joint Balkan and Bulgarian INPP Association has been authorized by the WPA Section on Philosophy and Humanities to organize a Symposium entitled “Methodology, neuroscience and validity in psychopathology” at the WPA Thematic Conference in Istanbul June 14 2011. The meting was chaired by assoc. professor Drozdstoj Stoyanov, MD, PhD and co-sponsored by the WPA Section on History of Psychiatry. Contributions represent different international perspectives and come from UK, Portugal, Greece and Bulgaria.

GE Berrios’ talk addressed Validity, Coherence & Prediction in Psychopathology and his basic claim was that Validity can only be accommodated within psychiatry and psychopathology after it has undergone redefinition. The central issue to deal with is whether constructs of any kind can be deemed ‘valid’ in the Neo-Positivistic sense given to this term. In Berrios’ view they cannot and that to make validity meaningful it must be re-translated as ‘prediction’.

D. Stoyanov presented his concept of cross-validation and the impact of neuroscience on validity in psychopathology developed in active collaboration with Peter K. r and Kenneth F. Schaffner from the University of Pittsburgh. Their work asserted that the findings of neuroscience determine strong re-consideration of the psychiatric taxonomy. Novel implications for broader prototypical, cluster and dimensional diagnoses were considered. In their perspective both psychopathology and neuroscience demand revision of their taxonomical apparatuses under convergent cross-validation, where clinical assessment and neurobiological measurement tools are regarded as convergent validity operations.

Luis Madeira and Maria Luisa Figueira’s topic was ‘From psychiatrist-patient reality gap to psychosis diagnose: can we make that step?’ Basically their contribution aimed at reinforcement of scientific objectivity in Psychiatry, as the search for causes and reasons, has to deal with cultural, linguistic, transcendental conditioning.

In order to complement and extend its previous contributions the Joint Balkan and Bulgarian INPP group has designed and delivered a Symposium at the 14th conference of INPP in Gothenburg, September 2 d 2011 entitled ‘Nosology and Validity in Psychiatry’ which was chaired by the President of the Balkan Academy for PPP Prof. D. Stoyanov.

This venue was focused on the epistemological issues raised by the definition of mental disorder.

Paul Hoff delivered a historical reconstruction on ‘From Kraepelin and Bleuler to ICD and DSM: Conceptual issues in the development of psychiatric nosology and diagnosis 1880 – 2010. His comparative analysis revealed remarkable similarities, but also clinically important discrepancies. The Kraepelinian position is considered by Hoff to be recently challenged on several fronts and proposals for developing more valid conceptualizations could partly be seen as a re-emergence of Bleuler’s model.

Massimiliano Aragona presented a paper entitled ‘From the first DSM to the DSM-5: an epistemological history. In line with his earlier contributions he argued that the concept of mental disorder in the DSM-III and later editions is based on the neoempirist liberalization of operative definitions and the concrete use of polythetic operative diagnostic criteria and is responsible for the current anomalies that the DSM-5 will be probably unable to solve. The neo-Kraepelinian view on objects and purpose of a psychiatric classification has entered a state of crisis because current anomalies conflict with its basic tenets. In particular, during the last thirty years validity had not followed the improved reliability. In Aragona’s view these difficulties call for a radical rethinking of the psychiatric nosology.

Markus Heinimaa’s talk addressed the limits of conceptualization in psychiatry. He claimed that Psychiatry as a clinical practice grows from a network of concepts and institutions that conceptualize significant deviances from ordinary course of our lives in professionally appropriate ways. Heinimaa claimed that these deviances cannot be distinguished as such but only against the kinds of pre-understandings that are the core of our identities as socially situated human beings. So what is relevant from psychiatric point of view earns its relevance from the specific and contingent forms of life of the respective community.

Somogy Varga delivered a paper on ‘Mental Disorder. Natural, Practical or interactive Kind? After defining natural kinds, he claimed that it is inadequate to think of mental disorders as naturally bounded entities. Then, he departed on previous work by Zachar and Hacking and argued that we can conceptualize at least some forms of mental disorder, not as natural, but as practical or interactive kinds.

D. Stoyanov focused on further investigation of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of validity in psychology and psychiatry. He contrasted a successful cross-validation between the biological sciences and clinical cardiology (in the case of myocardial infarction) with disappointing efforts to do the same between neuroscience and psychiatry (using bipolar disorder as an example). The crucial shortcomings were identified as discordance between the functional imaging and clinical assessment (psychological tests). To make progress on this issue, he proposed a novel conceptual model for establishing an integrative dialogue between psychiatry and neuroscience aimed at a multi-disciplinary ‘meta-language’ for psychiatry. His model allows trans-disciplinary cross-validation of categories in psychiatry/clinical psychology and neuroscience via simultaneous application of clinical psychological/psychopathological assessment and functional neuro-imaging tools.

The discussion was moderated by Peter Zachar, Professor of Psychology in the Auburn University Montgomery, USA.

Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters Between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Seminar Series)

Tavistock Centre, London, UK

convener: Dr Edward Harcourt, Oxford & Sarah Majid, Tavistock

  • Depression: Matthew Ratcliffe & David Taylor

24th June 2011, 7pm – 9pm

  • Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: Michael Brearley & Michael Rustin

8th July 2011, 7pm – 9pm

This new series of interdisciplinary seminars aims to bring together prominent philosophers, clinicians and others with a view to deepening our understanding of fundamental questions regarding the having of a mind and the source and character of meaning and value. The series will also be an opportunity to explore the common ground between psychoanalysis and philosophy, both by exposing clinicians to the way philosophers think about issues relevant for them, and by enabling philosophers to see how their theories might be put to use in actual work with patients. The first seminar in the series was held on Friday 24th September 2010, from 7pm ? 9pm and looked at The Idea of the Good.

Download the complete Seminar Series Brochure

Philosophy of Psychotherapy

8th – 11th July 2011

University of East Anglia, UK

The nature of psychotherapy is in many ways problematical. Current proposals for the statutory regulation of the field in the UK and other countries have led to much discussion of the nature of the discipline, for example about whether it can be subsumed under a ‘medical model’, or whether approaches should be primarily cognitive or experiential.

Some of the issues involved are of an empirical nature, but others raise conceptual and philosophical issues. Research in the area has tended to concentrate on empirical issues of process and outcome, but psychotherapy inevitably works with contested notions such as those of consciousness, mental illness, delusion, diagnosis and so on. Further, in the development of psychotherapy theory technical or semi-technical concepts such as those of ‘the unconscious’, ‘experiencing level, ‘cognition’, ‘information’, ‘archetype’, ‘self-concept’ have evolved, whose relationships to the concepts of everyday language and clinical practice are not always clear.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together philosophers who are interested in psychotherapy with psychotherapists and psychotherapy researchers who are interested in the philosophical foundations of their field. We would encourage participants to explain technical terminology and generally present their work so that the more philosophically-oriented papers are accessible to psychotherapists, and the more psychotherapeutically-oriented papers are comprehensible to philosophers.

We welcome contributions from practitioners in any approach to philosophy or psychotherapy. The Centre for Counselling Studies at UEA has been especially involved with the traditions of Focusing-Oriented and Person-Centred therapies, and the School of Philosophy has a strong interest in the philosophy of Wittgenstein. Contributions relating to these areas of interest would be especially welcome.

Keynote speakers

  • Peter Hacker (University of Oxford) – ‘Could a child have a theory of mind?’
  • Hans Julius Schneider (University of Potsdam) – ‘Can Philosophy be Therapeutic? Ludwig Wittgenstein and Eugene Gendlin’
  • John Heaton (Philadelphia Association, London) – ‘The human being is the best picture of the human soul”: The temptations of theory and the unconscious’


  • John Heaton (Philadelphia Association, London) and Rupert Read (University of East Anglia) – ‘Wittgenstein and therapy’

Call for presentations

We invite submission of presentations. We intend to have 1-hour slots for individual paper presentations, and some 2-hour slots for panel discussions. If you would like to submit a proposal please complete the appropriate section of the registration form and submit an abstract (maximum 300 words). To discuss your submission, please contact Campbell Purton. Email: Please send proposals by no later than 22 April 2011.

International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry

The 2011 14th International INPP conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden

Ethics, Experience and Evidence: Integration of Perspectives in Psychiatry

2nd – 4th September, 2011

Psychiatry seems to be in a permanent state of tension. First, there is the methodological tension. The natural-scientific view that underlies most of medical science competes with a number of broadly phenomenological perspectives. Another important source of tension is the dialectic between empirical facts and values (moral and others) accepted by the psychiatrist and/or the society. The aims of this conference are:

  • to scrutinize some fundamental tenets of natural-scientific and phenomenological psychiatry
  • to investigate if, how and to what extent these seemingly opposed viewpoints can coexist peacefully
  • to discuss in which ways ethical and other values can be integrated with the different methodological perspectives

More concretely, the meeting focuses on:

  • evidence-based practice in psychiatry
  • the nature of phenomenology and phenomenological psychiatry
  • the interaction between facts and values in diagnostic considerations

However, all contributions aimed at shedding light on the basic causes of tensions and conflicts in today’s psychiatry are welcome.

The deadline for poster contributions to the 14th International Conference for Philosophy and Psychiatry has been extended to May 8th. There is regrettably no more room for oral presentations. Please note that the deadline for early registration (with lower fee) is May 15th.

Conference website with full details:

Please email Helge Malmgren for further information.

100 Years of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology

15th-16th September, 2011


Part of the celebrations of the 625th anniversary of the Heidelberg University.

Details of the programme, registration, call for posters, speakers, travel information, accommodation etc, are available on the conference Webpage:

Categories & Controversies: The Ethical Dimensions of the DSM-5

Friday, September 16, 2011, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104


The development of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) slated for publication in May 2013 marks a significant shift in categories and diagnostic approaches used in psychiatry and allied fields of behavioral health care. Mental illnesses will be added, redacted or recategorized. Along with these changes in the DSM, a number of ethical and policy issues will emerge, which have a direct impact on the delivery of mental health care:

  • Will dimensional traits of disordered personalities increase stigma and labeling of patients?
  • Will new categories of nonchemical addiction influence understandings of free will and personal autonomy?
  • How will shifts in nosology affect the identity of patients and their advocates?
  • How will context be integrated into assessments of redefined pediatric mental disorders?
  • What will be the impact of advocacy or interest groups in shaping the new nosology?
  • What’s next for narcissism?

Please join featured speaker, David Kupfer, MD, Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, and an interdisciplinary group of faculty in a daylong conversation about the ethical dimensions of the DSM-5.

Through a combination of lectures, panel discussions, and interactive focus groups, participants will gain an understanding of ethical challenges met in the development of the DSM-5, controversial changes to specific disorder categories and issues related to validation and reliability research.

At the end of the day, participants will be more prepared to identify and navigate ethical issues related to categories shifts that might affect their day-to-day clinical practice.

World Psychiatry 2011: Our Heritage and Our Future

September 18-22, 2011

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The WPA Section of Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry will be holding two symposia at this year’s WPA conference.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland

First UK Conference on Philosophy and Psychiatry

Mental Health and the Human Good

A Conference in Honour of Professor Eric Matthews

Thursday/Friday 6/7 October 2011

Matthew Hay Conference Centre, Suttie Centre Foresterhill, Aberdeen


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St John’s College Research Centre, Oxford

Interdisciplinary Psychoanalysis Programme

Programme for Michelmas Term 2011

Literature and Anthropology

Seminars are at 8.15pm in the St John’s Research Centre, 45 St Giles’, Oxford, UK

Louise Braddock, Girton College, Cambridge

  • Imagining and identifying: Leonardo and Narcissus
  • 17 October 2011

David Bell, British Psychoanalytical Society

  • Hamlet: Shakespeare’s meditation on the problem of being
  • 31 October 2011

Olivier Tonneau, Homerton College, Cambridge

  • The letter and the spirit: ethics as Kulturarbeit
  • 14 November 2011

Holly High, Sydney and Cambridge Universities

  • Desire and the Ethnography of Southeast Asia
  • 28 November 2011

Abstracts and (in some cases) papers are available on the St John’s College website.

The 6th RD Laing conference

Practice or Process? The Divided Self in Psychotherapy

Saturday 22nd October 2011; 9.30 am – 5.00 pm

Hampstead Town Hall, London, UK

Academic Sponsors: Philosophy and Humanities Section of the World Psychiatric Association, Philosophy Special Interest Group in the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry (INPP)

This conference will explore philosophical and practical approaches for a more thoughtful, authentic and inclusive approach to psychotherapy that avoids twentieth-century splits and divisions and respects the full diversity of the experience of human distress.

Provisional Programme of Speakers and topics

  • Dr. John Heaton, Psychotherapist, Philadelphia Association, London. Wittgenstein and the practice of psychotherapy.
  • Dr. Gavin Miller, Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Department of Theology and Theology and Therapy Research Unit. Culture and psychiatry/psychotherapy and the relation of experience.
  • Emily Cooper, Artist and filmmaker. Emily will be showing some short films she has made and discussing these and their relevance in relation to the nature of lived experience, psychotherapy and society.
  • Jane Clark, Senior Research Fellow of the The Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society, Oxford. The Sufi philosopher and mystic, Ibn ?Arabi, and how his ideas are relevant to the practice of psychotherapy today.
  • Dr. Lucy King, Psychotherapist, Philadelphia Association, London. The consequences of audit culture and the proliferation of evidence based psychotherapies in society and the effects of these on the practice of psychotherapy.
  • Dr Leon Redler and The House, Psychotherapist, Philadelphia Association, London. Dr Redler will be leading an open group discussion, made up of selected members discussing the topic of the day and others offered up for discussion.

Cost: 60/45 members of the Philadelphia Association/?25 Students/Concessions

Further information from the Philadelphia Association Administrator on: 0207 794 2652; email:; Or Bruce Scott, on 01494 723880,

Corso base di Psicopatologia Fenomenologica, Italy

La psicopatologia fenomenologica come fondamento della diagnosi, della comprensione e della terapia dei disturbi mentali.

Direttore del corso: Prof. Giovanni Stanghellini

Palazzo Borghese ? via Ghibellina, 110 R – Firenze

Monthly weekend meetings from October 2011 to April 2012

For further information, email the Course Director or visit

Embodied and Embedded Approaches to the Self in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine

Autumn School: 24 – 28 October 2011



Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis: Literature and Anthropology

St John’s College Research Centre, 45 St Giles, Oxford, UK

Hilary Term Programme 2012

Seminars are at 8.15pm

Conveners: Louise Braddock, Richard Gipps, Paul Tod

Monday Jan 23rd 2012 Maja Zvigi Cohen, Counselling Service, Royal College of Art ‘When seasons in the internal landscape don’t change: an exploration of the film ‘Climates’ in light of the theory of projective identification’

Monday Feb 6th 2012 Richard Rusbridger, British Psychoanalytical Society ‘Projective identification in Othello and Verdi’s Otello’

Monday Feb 20th 2012 Peter Fifield, St John’s College, Oxford ‘Beckett and Bion’

Monday Mar 12th (NB: week 9) Ian Donaldson, Melbourne University ‘”Noli me tangere”: Touching and its taboos’. Response: British Psychoanalytic Association member (Oxford)

Attendance is free: if you wish to attend please e-mail Professor Paul Tod

The Mind-Matter Argument in Late German Philosophy (1860-1950)

University of London School of Advanced Study

Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies

Seminar Series. Convenor: Dr Christine Lopes (Visiting Fellow, IGRS)

Four two-hour seminars held on Friday afternoons, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room ST 276

27 January 2012

What are disorders of rationality?

Contemporary analytic and phenomenologist philosophers tend to agree on the existence of disorders of rationality. We will consider in a concise manner some of the recent analytical and phenomenological accounts of such disorders, and the nature of the line that separates pathological from non-pathological reasoning.

10 February 2012

Franz Brentano: the notions of self-evident experience and intentionality.

We will discuss key passages from Brentano’s seminal Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, and critically consider what he sees as the two fundamental markers of mentality: self-evident experience and intentionality.

2 March 2012

Ernst Cassirer: the notion of symbolic form

A concise account of the Davos Disputation between Cassirer and Heidegger, and a critical discussion about some of the arguments involved in Cassirer’s re-conception of Kant’s theory of transcendental imagination into a system of symbolic forms. The main textual reference will be selected passages from Cassirer. The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms.

16 March 2012

Karl Jaspers: the notion of psychopathology

We will look into some recent philosophical evaluations of the legacy of Jaspers seminal work on psychopathology, and consider the difficulties involved in a philosophical reduction of the notion of psychopathology to that of pathological reasoning. The main textual reference will be selected passages from Jaspers General Psychopathology.

New Perspectives on Medical Paternalism

Call for Abstracts: Intensive Graduate Course (Spring School)

Hamburg University, 21 – 29 March 2012

The Spring School focuses on new problems of paternalism in medicine, specifically on paternalism in relation to public health, psychiatry, and medical services. It also includes a strand that addresses the concept of paternalism. We will combine perspectives from philosophy, medical ethics, jurisprudence, and social sciences. Post-Docs, PhD-students and other Graduate Students are invited to submit abstracts (up to 300 words) and a short CV by 15 October 2011 on designated topics: Paternalism in relation 1) to public health, 2) to medical services, 3) to psychiatry, and 4) the concept of paternalism (see also aims and scope section below). Up to 15 participants will be chosen by a committee and invited to present their papers at the meeting; they will be notified by mid-November. The conference language will be English and only submissions in English will be accepted. Although we target mainly students from European countries we will be able to fund a small number of non-European students.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with renowned scholars. Confirmed speakers and discussants include Douglas Husak (Rutgers), Gerald Dworkin (UC Davis), Andrew von Hirsch (Cambridge), Bettina Schone-Seifert (Munster), and Stefan Huster (Bochum). All costs (travel and subsistence, accommodation) will be covered and there will be a small honorarium for submitting a written paper. All papers will also be considered for publication in an edited collection. Please be advised that attendance of the whole conference is a requirement of participation.

Please send your abstract and CV to the organizer of the event, Professor Thomas Schramme, He is also happy to answer any queries.

Aims and Scope: Modern developments in medicine raise new issues in relation to paternalism. The Spring School will focus on four strands in the discussion:

  • Public health has become a major focus of governments. Political means are used in combination with medical institutions to influence the decision making of citizens, sometimes in very subtle ways. Health promotion has therefore become an important site of issues of state paternalism. However, it still needs to be discussed what kind of interventions really are to be called paternalistic and how we should evaluate them. It seems that encouraging a healthy diet and informing about potentially harmful ingredients is different from banning particular food or even criminalizing its consumption and production. For instance, are “nudges” to a healthier lifestyle really cases of paternalism, and, if so, are they less problematic than bans?
  • Another important example of new developments in medicine is medical services, such as enhancements, health promoting drugs or services in reproductive medicine. Occasionally a potential service has been criticized or banned on grounds of potential harm even to a willing consumer of such services. Here, a person who wants to offer a service is intervened with in order to protect another person, i.e. a potential client. In the philosophical debate, this is called indirect paternalism. So far, there have been only sparse publications on this topic. Is indirect paternalism to be assessed in a different light than direct paternalism?
  • Although hardly a new topic, the issue of paternalism in psychiatry should also be addressed, not least because it has not been sufficiently tackled in the literature. Many people seem to assume that psychiatric patients are incompetent by definition, hence that a paternalistic intervention into their decision making is always a matter of so-called soft paternalism. But this is a contested assumption and needs discussion. It is an area that can help us to get a clearer grasp of the necessary capacities to make a voluntary choice, which is especially important when distinguishing between soft and hard paternalism.
  • Debates of the mentioned topics rely on a proper understanding of the concept of paternalism. Unfortunately, there is no one uncontested definition and there are sev?eral different conceptions available in different contexts. It is therefore vital to discuss the very concept of paternalism directly. Although conceptual analysis has been the main aim of philosophers, a discussion of the concept of paternalism need not be done only by using philosophical methods. A clearer grasp of such a contested concept might be achieved by the art of separating different usages.

Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

Call for Abstracts

The Biopsychosocial and Other Models for Psychiatry: Philosophical Perspectives

24th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 5 & 6, 2012

Conference Co-Chairs: Christian Perring, Ph.D (Dowling College) & James Phillips, M.D. (Yale University)

In 1980 George Engel wrote: The biopsychosocial modes is a scientific model constructed to take into account the missing dimensions of the biomedical model. To the extent that it succeeds it also serves to define the educational tasks of medicine and particularly the tasks and roles of psychiatrists in the education of physicians in the future.? Presented as a model for both medicine and psychiatry, Engel introduced the BPS model at a time when the biomedical model, already dominant in general medicine, was becoming ascendant in psychiatry. The article cited above was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in the same year as the publication of DSM-III, itself a reaction to the expropriation of DSM-I & II by psychoanalysis, as well as to the threat of the anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960s and 70s. In calling for a more holistic model for medicine and psychiatry, Engel was reviving the holistic approach to psychiatry initiated by Adolf Meyer earlier in the 20th century. The BPS model has had an uneven course over the ensuing decades, defended as the best model for a multifactorial approach to psychopathology, criticized for being general and obvious to the point of saying nothing. Conceptualized initially in the context of general systems theory, it now lends itself to further development through complexity theory, as in Kendler’s recent ‘Explanatory Models for Psychiatric Illness.’ As we develop DSM-5 in the context of the struggles of DSM-III & IV to achieve diagnostic validity, the questions raised by the BPS and alternative models continue to be relevant and unsettled. This AAPP conference will provide the opportunity for clinicians, researchers, and philosophers to debate the merits and limitations, as well as the philosophical underpinnings, of the BPS and alternative models of psychiatric illness.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What is a ‘model’ of psychiatry, and what are the necessary properties of an adequate model?
  • What are the metaphysical assumptions of biopsychosocial, biomedical, or other models?
  • The DSM claims to be atheoretical; is there an implicit model — biopsychosocial, biomedical, other — in the DSM?
  • How does the history of psychiatry illuminate debates between holism and reductionism?
  • Does a model of psychiatry have to accommodate psychodynamic and other psychological interventions?
  • Is the biopsychosocial model the only approach to psychiatry that does justice to holism, or are there other approaches that are more coherently holistic?
  • Does the debate between different models involve the mind/body problem?
  • Is the debate between models empirical or philosophical, and does it involve vested interests?
  • How are philosophical questions of reductionism, holism, and the relations between different levels of description of psychiatric phenomena relevant to psychiatric treatment and research.

Presentations will be strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be 500-600 words and should be emailed to both James Phillips ( and Christian Perring (

Deadline: November 15, 2011.

Abstracts will be blind reviewed, so the author’s identifying information should be attached separately.

Notices of acceptance or rejection will be distributed in early January.


12 mai 2012 – 9h-12h & 14h-18h

Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm, Salle CavaillÈs – (45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 PARIS)

Discutants : Thomas Lepoutre (Psychologue clinicien, doctorant Univ. Paris-7 Diderot) Claire Nioche (Docteur en psychopathologie & psychanalyse, Univ. Paris-7 Diderot)

  • 9h- 9h45 :Accueil et introduction : Sarah Troubé & Benjamin Levy (ENS – Université Paris 7 Diderot)
  • 9h45-10h30 : Elisabetta Basso (CAPHES – CNRS-ENS, Paris) — Décrire l’expérience psychopathologique: enjeux de la phénoménologie dans le débat Jaspers – Binswanger
  • 10h30-11h15 : Patricia Janody (Psychiatre hospitalier, Psychanalyste) — Traversées psychotiques: hors de l’expérience, ou or de l’expérience ?
  • 11h15-12h : Renaud Evrard (CIRCEE – Université de Rouen ; Psycho-clinicien) — Psychose atténuée ou expériences réputées psychotiques? Enjeux de quelques discours sur le déréel
  • DEJEUNER : 12h-14h

Discutants : Olivier Putois (Université PAris-1 – Paris-7 Diderot) Benjamin Levy (ENS – Université Paris-7 Diderot)

  • 14h-14h45: Bernard Pachoud (MC. Univ. Paris-7 Diderot, CRPMS – Psychiatre ) — Titre à préciser
  • 14h45-15h30: Rudolf Bernet (Pr. ém. de philosophie Univ. de Louvain/Leuwen – Psychanalyste) — Délire et réalité
  • 15h30-16h15: Antoine Masson (Pr. Univ. de Namur et Louvain – Psychanalyste, Psychiatre) — Impasse adolescente et péril psychotique: l’expérience impossible
  • PAUSE : 16h15-16h30
  • 16h30-17h15 : A préciser
  • 17h15- 18h: Discussion et cloture de la journée

Y-a-il une expérience de la psychose? —- de la clinique à la phénoménologie.

Du vécu délirant ou hallucinatoire aux impressions diffuses d’étrangeté ou de référence, existent divers types d’expériences réputées psychotiques. La description phénoménologique de ces expériences n’est pas sans conséquences sur l’abord clinique de la maladie mentale ; pourtant, les modalités exactes de leur existence, et à plus forte raison la possibilité de les décrire, semblent aujourd’hui trop peu interrogées.

Que cherche-t-on donc à désigner par le terme d’expérience psychotique?

Dans la lignée des analyses de Jaspers, cette expression a pu désigner un ensemble d’états et de vécus non compréhensibles formant une expérience délirante primaire spécifique. Dans la psychiatrie contemporaine, nombre de recherches portant sur la psychose débutante invitent d’autre part à questionner cette notion : peut-on cliniquement dégager des expériences subjectives signalant le début d’une psychose ? Si oui, comment appréhender ou décrire leur spécificité ? Ces questions se posent avec d’autant plus d’acuité que les données épidémiologiques et psychométriques montrent la prévalence élevée des expériences supposées caractériser la psychose débutante dans la population générale, ce qui bouleverse leur appréhension théorique et pratique, en particulier parce qu’elles ne sont pas toujours associées à des demandes de soin.

Questionner le mode d’entrée dans la psychose manifeste ou le processus de formation du délire à partir des dimensions expérientielles et subjectives n’invite cependant pas seulement à interroger les descriptions théorique et l’appréhension pratique des expériences réputées psychotiques. C’est la pertinence mme de la notion d’expérience qui semble pouvoir etre remise en cause : en effet, n’est-il pas paradoxal que l’approche phénoménologique de la psychose amÈne à tenter de saisir ce que certains sujets décrivent comme des vécus de vide ou de néantisation psychique ? La nécessité d’une redéfinition du concept d’expérience ne se fait-elle pas sentir, lorsque nous tentons de l’appliquer à des situations o‚ tend à s’effacer toute trace de subjectivité, au sens traditionnel du terme ? Par conséquent, est-il possible de penser que l’expérience psychotique, si elle existe, ne désigne pas un état premier de la psychose, mais est déjà partie prenante d’un travail de reconstruction du contact avec le monde ?

Nous souhaitons que cette journée d’étude, organisée avec le soutien du département du philosophie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure et du Cermes3, soit l’occasion d’aborder et de discuter ces questions, bien entendu non exhaustives, à l’interaction entre analyses cliniques et philosophiques, et dans un esprit d’interdisciplinarité, entre phénoménologie, psychanalyse, épistémologie et histoire de la psychopathologie.

International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry

Please see here for the complete conference handbook including programme, abstracts, and general information.

The 2012 15th INPP International Conference was held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Culture and Mental Health

5-7th (Thursday-Saturday) July 2012

Conference website:

Local organisers include: Professor Grant Gillett, Dr Neil Pickering, Dr Judy Trevena, and Dr Richard Mullen

Symposium: Christopher Boorse and the Philosophy of Medicine

Hamburg University (Germany), 10-12 September, 2012

Organisers: Thomas Schramme (Hamburg) and Peter Hucklenbroich (Munster)

The symposium aims to fulfil two purposes: First, it will honour the renowned philosopher Christopher Boorse (Delaware) and his contributions to philosophy of medicine. He will present three new original papers during the meeting. Second, it will provide a showcase of the current state of philosophy of medicine by giving the floor to a number of other well-known scholars in the field, who will also present original papers. These other confirmed speakers are: Bill Fulford (Oxford & UCLan), Dan Hausman (Wisconsin), Peter Hucklenbroich, Elselijn Kingma (London), Lennart Nordenfelt, Peter Schwartz (Indiana), Jerry Wakefield (NYU). (See programme below)

Please send enquiries to, stating “Philosophy of Medicine” in the header.


10 September

  • 9.00-9.30 Welcome
  • 9.30-11 Christopher Boorse (1) Goals of medicine
  • 11.30-13 Lennart Nordenfelt: On disability and similar concepts
  • 14.30-16.00Bill Fulford: Values-based Practice: from theory to practice and back again courtesy of ordinary language philosophy
  • 16.30-18 Peter Schwartz Treating Risk, Not Disease

11 September

  • 9.00-10.30 Jerry Wakefield Biostatistics Versus Harmful Dysfunction: Can a Sibling Rivalry be Resolved?
  • 11.00-12.30 Peter Hucklenbroich: ‘Disease Entity’ as the Key Theoretical Concept of Medicine. An Analysis and Reconstruction
  • 14.00-15.30 Christopher Boorse (2) Replies to recent critics
  • 16-17.30 Elselijn Kingma: Paracetamol still bad for one’s health – but the BST can’t tell us so; a reply to Hausman’

12 September

  • 9-10.30 Dan Hausman: Health, Naturalism and Functional Efficiency
  • 11-12.30 Christopher Boorse (3) Clinical normality

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Philosophy and Psychiatry Special Interest Group

Annual Conference – Friday 5th October 2012

Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh

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  • Situated cognition and neuropsychiatry. Dr Mark Sprevak, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Psychiatric disorders and neural mechanisms of understanding. Dr Peter Gordon, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, NHS Forth Valley
  • Some Kantian thoughts on free will and grace. Dr Leslie Stevenson, Honorary Reader in Philosophy, University of St. Andrews
  • Psychotherapy and the paradox of free will. Dr John Callender, Royal Cornhill Hospital and University of Aberdeen

Maudsley Philosophy Group

Wednesday October 10th, 2012

Professor Nassir Ghaemi will give a talk entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model”

6pm, Seminar Room 7 in the Institute of Psychiatry (1st floor), London, UK.

Nassir Ghaemi MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mood Disorders Program at the Tufts Medical Center, USA.

Abstract: For most of the past 2 centuries, psychiatry has alternated between two dogmas: biological reductionism, and psychological orthodoxies (most recently psychoanalysis). Toward the end of the 20th century, a cease-fire between these battles was arranged in the US through the “biopsychosocial” model, most formally developed by George Engel. The biopsychosocial model took an eclectic approach to psychiatry, which resulted in less dogmatism, but it has also led to many of the current problems in psychiatry: a general sense of drift, lack of theoretical orientation for the field as a whole, confusion about how to educate psychiatrists, haphazard research, inability to communicate well with the public, and inability to combat other groups with specific agendas (such as the pharmaceutical industry and the managed care insurance industry in the US). In this presentation, I will review how the biopsychosocial model came to be, its underlying assumptions, and the reasons for its decline. I will suggest that better alternative models of psychiatry need to be developed, and I will propose an alternative pluralistic model based on the ideas of Karl Jaspers.



British Psychoanalytical Society, 112a Shirland Road

The symposium questions the junctions of the private and the public when it comes to trauma, loss and the work of mourning, which challenge our very notions of the individual and the shared, asking: What do we mean by working through the past?

Conference Programme

Maudsley Philosophy Group

Wednesday October 31st, 2012

Dr. Edward Skidelsky will give a talk on the subject of happiness and pleasure.

6pm, Seminar Room 7 (formerly Seminar Room 4) located on the first floor of the Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

Dr. Skidelsky is Lecturer of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter.

First bi-annual R D Laing Lecture

The Unitarian Church, Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, NW3 1NG

Friday 26th October 2012 at 8.00 pm

The lecture will be in the form of a dramatic reconstruction of the Dialectics of Liberation Congress held in 1967 with audience participation in a discussion following the performance. See attachment for details and background.

Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted.


The Congress of the Dialectics of Liberation for the demystification of human violence in all its forms was a highpoint of the 1967 London ‘Summer of Love’. Inside the Roundhouse an international mix of philosophers and political activists, poets, artists and hippies met together for a fortnight of speeches, furious arguments, all-night discussions and an assortment of artistic happenings.

The Congress was the brainchild of radical psychiatrist RD Laing, then at the height of his fame, together with his colleagues David Cooper, Joseph Berke and Leon Redler. A response to the violence that seemed to be engulfing the world, the terrible war in Vietnam and the race riots flaring across the big American cities, but also to the invisible evils of the affluent societies of the West.

The most impressive of all the speakers were Laing himself, the Black Power leader Stokely Carmichael, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse, the visionary scientist Gregory Bateson and Thich Nhat Hanh, a virtually unknown young Buddhist monk whose teachings now have a world-wide following.

Each of them came at the problems facing the West from a very different angle. In a speech that had its audience scared, Carmichael called for the use of counter-violence against white society’s racism. Ginsberg answered him with flower power and the need for Bodhisattva conduct. Marcuse analysed the failings of the affluent society and looked to an ideal socialist future while Bateson saw the problems as deep in our mental make-up, needing the transformation of Freud’s royal road to the unconscious. Laing himself linked the violence of war to violence against the individual embedded in our social structures, within families and in the treatment of those classified as ‘mad’. And Thich Nhat Hanh spoke of the different viewpoints of East and West that lead to conflict. But all of them spoke also of hope, of ways they foresaw by which our society could be healed.

Afterwards Leon Redler, wanting to give their voices a wider hearing, turned the key moments from the speeches into a radio script. But the revolutionary wave of the 60’s ebbed away, the Congress was forgotten and the script remained in a drawer.

A while back Leon showed me his script and I was amazed at how forty-five years on the whole thing seemed to be speaking directly to our problems today: war, riots, alienation, the crumbling of our society – analysing the malaise, but also with visions of a way forward. How could we set up a dialogue with those voices? The idea came to recreate the Congress as performance, as a way of opening up the debate once more. With Leon’s generous help we’ve since devised DIALEKTIKON and taken it to Occupy London and Kingsley Hall (home to RD Laing’s famous experimental psychiatric community), playing to a full house and a full tent, and getting a terrific debate going afterwards at both venues.

We’re honoured to have been chosen to open the biennial Laing Lecture. Leon Redler will be giving the introduction and then we’ll re-enact a shortened version of those six key speeches, while afterwards everyone’s invited to join in the big discussion.

Jacky Ivimy, Director, DIALEKTIKON 2012

Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis: Psychoanalysis and Gender

St John’s College Research Centre, 45 St Giles, Oxford, UK

Michelmas Term Programme 2012

Seminars are at 8.15pm

Conveners: Louise Braddock, Richard Gipps, Paul Tod

  • Louise Braddock (Cambridge). Monday 15 Oct: ‘Feminism and Psychoanalysis’
  • Louise Gyler (Australian Psychoanalytical Society). Monday 29 Oct: ‘The Gendered Unconscious: Challenges for Psychoanalytic Theorising’
  • Julie Walsh (Warwick). Monday 12 Nov: ‘The Narcissist and the Coquette’
  • Adam Leite (Indiana University). Monday 3 Dec (NB Week 9): ‘Desire and Refusal’

CONFERENCE WITHDRAWN: Philosophy and Psychiatry: The Next Hundred Years CONFERENCE WITHDRAWN

Karl Jaspers General Psychopathology Centenary Conference

Oxford, Saturday July 20th 2013

A preliminary announcement and call for papers was published recently in connection with this conference.

Two of our invited speakers have pointed out that the programme as announced was not representative of the full range of diverse contributors to modern interdisciplinary work in philosophy and psychiatry: it failed in particular to reflect the key roles not only of ethnic minority groups and women but also, and crucially, of people who use services (including carers) as well as people who provide them.

Although only a preliminary programme which had not as yet been through INPP or local review and vetting procedures we regret the error and are withdrawing the event.

2013 is an important year for philosophy and psychiatry as the centenary of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology and a number of celebratory events are being organised. The Oxford Sumer School in ‘Mind, Value and Mental Health’ ( and the publication of the 50th volume in the IPPP series, Giovanni Stanghellini and Thomas Fuchs’ ‘One Century of Jaspers’ General Psychopathology’ ( have already been announced. Additional events offering in particular opportunities for submitted papers/posters and will be announced in the near future.

Bill Fulford on behalf of INPP

Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis: Psychoanalysis and the Social/Political

St John’s College Research Centre, 45 St Giles, Oxford, UK

Hilary Term Programme 2013

Seminars are from 8.15pm – 9.45pm

Conveners: Louise Braddock, Richard Gipps, Paul Tod

  • Michael Rustin, UEL, and David Armstrong, Tavistock Consultancy Service. Monday 21 Jan, 2013: ‘Unconscious Defences against Anxiety Revisited’
  • Derek Hook, Birkbeck College. Monday 4 Feb, 2013: ‘Apartheid’s corps morcel: the fantasmatic body underlying racist discourse’
  • Matt ffytche, Essex. Monday 18 Feb, 2013: ‘The Eclipse of the Father: The Frankfurt School on the Superego in the Age of Totalitarianism’
  • Richard Gipps, Clinical Psychologist, Oxford. Monday 4 Mar, 2013: ‘The Temptations of Narcissism: A Wittgensteinian Investigation’

Attendance is free: if you wish to attend please e-mail Professor Paul Tod

Psychopathology and Clinical Practice: One Hundred Years of Karl Jaspers’ Psychopathology

A course for European early career psychiatrists

Rome, 21-23 March, 2013

Directed by Giovanni Stanghellini, with additional teaching from Josef Parnas, Andrea Raballo and Henning Sass

This course focuses on the significance of phenomenological psychopathology for clinical practice, the phenomenological nature of mood disorders, and the phenomenological character of schizophrenia

The course programme, along with application details, can be found here.

Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, Hampstead,London Borough of Camden, NW3, UK

7pm – 9pm. Cost: £20 (some concessions)

Seminar 1: Envy. 22nd February 2013. Speaker: Jonathan Lear (Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago; Psychoanalyst). Discussant: Edna O’Shaughnessy (Psychoanalyst)

Seminar 2: Unconscious Phantasy. 15 March 2013. Speaker: David Bell (Psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic). Discussant: Sebastian Gardner (Philosopher, UCL)

Seminar 3: The Extended Mind. 26th April 2013. Speaker: Alva Noe (Professor of Philosophy, Berkeley). Discussant: TBA.

Seminar 4: Narrative. 24th May 2013. Speaker: Galen Strawson (Professor of Philosophy, Reading/University of Texas, Austin). Discussant: tba

Seminar 5: Belief. 28th June 2013. Speaker: Ron Britton (Psychoanalyst). Discussant: John Cottingham (Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Reading)

Summer School in Philosophy of Psychiatry: Mind, Value and Mental Health

14 – 19 July 2013

St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, UK

It is with great pleasure that we announce this one-week accredited summer school. Presented by the Faculty of Philosophy and the Department for Continuing Education, this event will explore the areas in which the philosophy of mind and ethics or the philosophy of value come into contact with issues about mental health.

The intensive programme will be delivered by renowned experts in the field through keynote lectures and seminars offering opportunities for substantial dialogue between philosophers, scientists and mental health practitioners.

The summer school will be led by members of the Faculty of Philosophy:

  • Professor Martin Davies (Wilde Professor of Mental Philosophy, Corpus Christi College)
  • Professor Bill Fulford (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick, and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford)
  • Dr Edward Harcourt (University Lecturer (CUF) in Philosophy, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College)

International guest speakers include:

  • Professor George Graham (A.C. Reid Professor, Wake Forest University)
  • Professor Terence Irwin (Chair of the Faculty Board and Professor of Ancient Philosophy, Keble College)
  • Professor Chris Frith (Emeritus Professor, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London. Neils Bohr Visiting Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Professor Giovanni Stanghellini (Professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychopathology – “G. d’Annunzio” University, Chieti, Italy.)

This event includes social activities and plenty of networking opportunities. Residential and non-residential options are available.

Further details available:

Philosophy and Psychiatry: the Next Hundred Years – 15th INPP Conference / Travelling 3 Centre UK Symposium

Durham (Saturday, July 20 2013)

Current and Future Applications of Phenomenology in Psychiatry: organised by Amanda Taylor Aiken and Hannah Bowden

As part of the celebrations marking the centenary of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology, we are pleased to announce a one-day workshop at Grey College, Durham University exploring the theme Current and Future applications of Phenomenology in Psychiatry. This workshop will take place on the 20th July 2013, and is part of the three-centre symposium Philosophy and Psychiatry: The Next Hundred Years (Held at Durham, Kings College (London) and Oxford).


  • 09:30 – 10:00 Arrivals
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Introduction and Welcome Hannah Bowden, Amanda Taylor Aiken, and Bill Fulford (INPP)
  • 10:15 – 11.15 Giovanni Stanghellini (Universita di Chieti) Incomprehensibility: A New Ethics for Psychiatry
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
  • 11:45 – 12:45 Nev Jones (DePaul University) Back to the Future: Rethinking the ‘First Person’ in Phenomenological Psychopathology
  • 12:45-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-15:00 Tim Thornton (UCLan) Phenomenology and grammar: description or explanation?
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
  • 15:30-16:30 Angela Woods and Matthew Ratcliffe (Durham University) Steps Toward a Phenomenological Analysis of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations
  • 16:30-17:00 Final Questions, Closing Remarks

Registration is free but spaces are limited, so please register via email by the 20th June. We particularly welcome participation from students, health care professionals, and service users.

We are grateful to the Laces Trust for funding this workshop.

Philosophy and Psychiatry: the Next Hundred Years – 15th INPP Conference / Travelling 3 Centre UK Symposium

King’s College, London (Tuesday, July 23 2013)

Conceptual Issues and the DSM: organised by Derek Bolton and Roman Pawar

Supported by the Laces Trust


  • Welcome – Derek Bolton, Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology. On behalf of the Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London. And K W M (Bill) Fulford, Professor of Philosophy & Mental Health. On behalf of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry
  • Session One – DSM V Process Ethics: Lessons Abandoned, Learned and Missed. John Sadler, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences. And Daniel W. Foster, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Session Two – Buying the DSM Story? The Forbidden Psychodynamic Past of Sexual Problems – or, How Not to do the Historiography of Psychiatry. Katherine Angel. Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick
  • Session Three – Defending the Middle Ground: Non-Naturalist Functionalist Accounts of Disorder. Elselijn Kingma, Teaching and Research Associate, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • Session Four – The Definition of Disorder in the DSM: Evolving but Dysfunctional. Natalie Banner, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London
  • Session Five – Conceptual Rescue from the Quagmires of Contradiction and Disreputable Proliferation in the DSMÃ. Werdie Van Staden, Nelson Mandela Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, University of Pretoria
  • Session Six – TBC, Title TBC, Grant Gillett, Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Otago
  • Concluding Plenary

Draft programme pending confirmations as above, 25th April 2013.

The event and refreshments during the event are free.

Registration and ticket entry for this event are mandatory please as places are limited to 45.

To register please contact

Philosophy and Psychiatry: the Next Hundred Years – 15th INPP Conference / Travelling 3 Centre UK Symposium

The St Catz Colloquium – Making Change Happen: organised by Matthew Parrott and Bill Fulford

St Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK

July 25 and 26, 2013

The programme is available here

As the third of three forward-looking symposia marking the centenary of Karl Jaspers General Psychopathology, the St Catz Colloquium is now open for expressions of interest and submission of abstracts. The St Catz Colloquium will examine key aspects of how philosophy and psychiatry working together can make change happen. There will be four main sessions over two days.

  • Making Change Happen in Philosophy
  • Making Change Happen in Practice
  • Making Change Happen in the Sciences
  • Making Change Happen Internationally

Sessions will be interactive with brief formal presentations and plenty of time for sharing ideas and experience

The colloquium is free (including coffee, lunch and tea) but there will be a charge for overnight accommodation if you wish to stay at St Catherine’s College and for attendance at the conference dinner (on the Thursday evening). Details of charges will be announced in the New Year

A small number of bursaries will be available to help with accommodation for students and those who are unwaged

A lay participants reflection on the St Catz Colloquium can be found here


Action: A Limit of Psychoanalysis?

Call for papers – Ulsteinvik, Norway

JULY 29th – AUGUST 5th 2013

In “Remembering, Repeating and Working Through” Freud (1914g) posits acting out as the obverse of remembering. “‘Agieren’ write Laplanche and Pontalis (1973), “is nearly always coupled with ‘erinnern’, to remember, the two being contrasting ways of bringing the past into the present.” In Freud’s words: “the patient acts it before us, as it were, instead of reporting it to us” (1940a [1938]) – yielding to the compulsion to repeat. Acting out is thus located alongside repetition and resistance. But, can psychoanalytic discourse conceptualise actions, or political praxis, otherwise than as acting out? Is political praxis, from a psychoanalytic perspective, always to be understood as resistance to remembering in the context of transference? In Laplanche and Pontalis’ formulation: “One of the outstanding tasks of psycho-analysis is to ground the distinction between transference and acting out on criteria other than purely technical ones – or even mere considerations of locale (does something happen within the consulting room or not?). This task presupposes a reformulation of the concepts of action and actualisation and a fresh definition of the different modalities of communication.” Along this line of questioning, we might ask: is it possible to conceptualise psychoanalytically different kinds of acting?

In relation to political activism, Hanna Segal cites Nadejda Mandelstam on the dangers of keeping silent about politics, as is common practice in psychoanalysis, by asserting: “Silence is the real crime against humanity” (Segal, 1987). Thus a question is raised about the place the analyst can or should occupy when it comes to political praxis. Are neutrality, abstinence and silence techniques that can be understood as political praxes as well, and if so, do they conceal the danger of political passivity? Are there any other possibilities for the analyst to occupy a political place? The passivity of the analyst, however, is meant to promote the patient’s speech, thinking and memory. Can political action or praxis be understood as promoting memory and thinking rather than avoiding them? Segal’s position, along these lines, identifies articulation of psychic mechanisms like denial, projection and magical thinking in political life as a political act allied with memory and reflection: “To be acquainted with facts and recognize psychic facts, which we of all people know something about, and to have the courage to try to state them clearly, is in fact the psychoanalytic stand.”

We invite contributions that discuss the potential political role of psychoanalytic thinking and reflections on psychoanalytic understandings of action, activism, ‘engagement’ and ‘neutrality’ within and beyond the frame of the consulting room.

This is an interdisciplinary conference – we invite theoretical contributions and historical, literary or clinical case studies on these and related themes from philosophers, sociologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, literary theorists, historians and others. Perspectives from different psychoanalytic schools will be most welcome.

Presentations are expected to take half an hour; another 20 minutes is set aside for discussion. Please send an abstract of 200 to 300 words to by May 10th 2013. Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.

We will respond by, and present a preliminary programme on, May 15th 2013. If you would like to sign up to participate without presenting a paper, please e-mail us to let us know, and say a few words about yourself if you have not participated in previous Psychoanalysis and Politics symposia.

International Symposium: Postmodern Madness and The Reconstruction of Subjectivities

Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th of September, 2013

Partner: Universite Catholique de l’Ouest

Venue: IPLV, UCO (3 Place Andre Leroy), Main Campus (Building: timent Scientifique), Angers, Pays-de-la-Loire, France.

This trans-disciplinary research project is interested in exploring the links between madness, subjectivity, and postmodern narratives. Or, from a different angle, we seek to investigate the ways postmodern discourses encompass ideals of madness in relation to the construction of subjectivity. Schizophrenia, paranoia, perversion, deviation are often called upon and incorporated in the construction of the postmodern subject. How are these terms used to construct subjectivities in cultures in which anxiety, unreason, and disorder are the norm? How is meaning refashioned to pass from ‘clinical abnormality’ to forms of social ‘normality’? How is this concept employed in constructing the postmodern subject in literature, movies, music, photography, painting, and other forms of art?

The project tries to examine the concept of madness considering how it is linked to expressions of the self in postmodern discourses. Considering its relationship to deviance, difference and discourse, it explores how madness both shapes and is shaped by postmodern narratives and cultural framing.

Call for papers and further information.

Corso base di Psicopatologia Fenomenologica, Italy
La psicopatologia fenomenologica come fondamento della diagnosi, della comprensione e della terapia dei disturbi mentali.
Direttore del corso: Prof. Giovanni Stanghellini
Palazzo Borghese via Ghibellina, 110 R – Firenze
Monthly weekend meetings from October 2011 to April 2012

For further information, email the Course Director or visit


International Symposium “100 Years of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology”
October 25th, 2013 – Santiago de Chile
Symposium Internacional “100 Años de la Psicopatologia General de Karl Jaspers”

Conferencistas / Speakers:

  • Otto Dorr – Universidad Diego Portales UDP, Chile
  • Thomas Fuchs – Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Christoph Mundt – Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Hector Pelegrina – Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Giovanni Stanghellini – Universita ‘D’Annunzio’ Chieti, Italy

Este encuentro es de especial interes para psiquiatras, filosofos, psicologos y psicoterapeutas / This meeting should be of particular interest to psychiatrists, philosophers, psychologists and psychotherapists.

Organizadores / Organizers:

  • Otto Dorr – Director / Head
  • Leonor Irarrazaval – Coordinadora Academica / Academic Coordinator Centro de Estudios de Fenomenologia y Psiquiatria UDP / Center for Studies of Phenomenology and Psychiatry UDP

Lugar / Venue: Auditorio de la Biblioteca Nicanor Parra UDP. Vergara 324, Santiago.
Traduccion / Translation: Simultanea Ingles-Espanol / English-Spanish
Conference Website:
Entrada Liberada / Free Registration: email Mrs Elvira Edwards
Conference programme:

Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis

St John’s College Oxford, UK
Conveners: Louise Braddock, Richard Gipps, Paul Tod
MICHAELMAS TERM 2013: The work of Wilfrid Bion
Seminars are at 8.15pm in the Lecture Room of the St John’s College Research Centre, 45 St Giles’

  • Monday 21 Oct: Chris Mawson British Psychoanalytical Society ‘Introducing Bion’
  • Monday 4 Nov: William Halton Organisational Consultant ‘Bion and groups: the field of organization studies’
  • Monday 18 Nov: Denis Flynn British Psychoanalytical Society ‘Bion in clinical work: on the “correlation” and disruption of knowing’
  • Monday 2 Dec: Louise Braddock Girton College, Cambridge ‘Bion and Philosophy’


16th International Conference for Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology Practice (Bulgaria|26-29 June 2014)
Neuroscience, Logic, Mental Development
Website with information here.
The outstanding proceedings for this conference are included in an edited monograph by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, found here. Also available is the online journal supplement with all abstracts, here, plus selected peer-reviewed full text articles included in a special section of a regular issue of the same journal, found here.


13th International Conference on Philosophical Practice (Belgrade, Serbia|18 August 2014)
Philosophical Practice as a Profession and as a new Paradigm in Philosophy
Website with information here.


XVI World Congress of Psychiatry (Madrid, Spain| September 14-18, 2014)
Website with information here.


Towards An Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity (TESIS) 2nd International Conference (Heidelberg, Germany| 15-17 October 2014
Enacting Culture — Embodiment, Interaction and the Development of Human Culture.
Website with information here.


Philosophy and Psychoanalysis in dialogue Conference (Chancellors Hall, Senate House, University of London| 17-18 October 2014)
Website with information here.


International Symposium on Phenomenological Psychopathology (Sãu Paulo, SP, Brazil| 20-22 November 2014)
Website with information here.


Early Career Scholars Conference in Philosophy of Psychiatry (Pittsburgh, USA| 21-22 November 2014)
Overcoming Mind-Brain Dualism in 21st Century Medicine
Website with information here.


Philosophical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’ (London| 20 January 2015)
Website with information here.


Psychiatry Beyond Scientism: Explanatory Models, Professional Practices, and Socio-Cultural Contexts (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands| 22-24 January 2015)

Website with information here.


18th Herbstakademie. The Circularity of Mind and Body (Heidelberg, Germany| 26-28 March 2015)

Website with information here.


Phenomenological Psychotherapy : The Psychopathological Bases of the Therapy of Severe Mental Disorders (Florence| 9-11 April 2015)

Website with information here.


 The 27th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry (Toronto, Canada| 16-17th May 2015)

Website with more information here.


CPD Seminars Series. Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters Between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (The Tavistock Centre, London| October 2014 – June 2015)

Website with more information here.


Winter School in Psychiatry, Philosophy and Neuroscience (Bioethics Centre, 71 Frederick Street, University of Otago, Dunedin| June 21st – 24th 2015)

Website with more information here.


 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (Tartu, Estonia| July 14-17 2015)

Website with more information here.


Mind, Value and Mental Health: An International One-Day Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry (St.Hilda’s College, University of Oxford| July 25th 2015)

Website with more information here.


Madness: The Making Sense Of: Madness Project: 8th Global Meeting (Mansfield College, Oxford| September 15-17th 2015)

Website with more information here.


The Brain’s Networks: Which are they, and what do they do? (Gothenburg, Sweden, 18-20th September 2015)

Website with more information here


Third UK Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry (London E1 8BB| 23-25th September 2015)

Moral and Legal Responsibility in the Age of Neuroscience 

Website with more information here.


Das überforderte Selbst. Psychopathologie und beschleunigte Lebensformen (Heidelberg| 2nd-3rd October 2015)

Website with more information here.

17th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology (Teatro del Lago Frutillinpar, Chile| 29-31 October 2015)

Why do humans become mentally ill? Anthropological, biological and cultural vulnerabilities of mental illness.

Website with more information here.

Schizophrenia and Common Sense International Worksho(Lisbon| 5-6th November 2015)

Website with more information here.


International Conference on the Modes of the Unconscious (Heidelberg| October 13th-14th 2016)

Website with more information here.


International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology (Teatro del Lago Frutillar, Chile|29-31 October 2015)

Why do humans become mentally ill? Anthropological, biological and cultural vulnerabilities of mental illness

Website with more information here.


Schizophrenia and Common Sense International Workshop (Gothenburg, Sweden| 5-6th November 2015)

Website with more information here.


ESRC Seminar Series – Seminar one: Democratic Professionalism and Mental Health (University of Leeds| 5th January 2016)

Website with more information here.


International Graduate Conference in Philosophy (University of Essex, Colchester | 7th May 2016)

Madness, Disorder, and Society

Website with more information here.


Lancaster Philosophy of Psychiatry Work-in Progress Day (2nd June 2016)

Website with more information here.


Does the Philosophy of Psychiatry Need a Metaphysics? (Lancaster | 3rd June 2016)

Website with more information here.


Psychiatry in the Third Reich (University of Vermont| 18th September 2016)

Historical, Scientific, and Philosophical, Perspectives, Legacies, and Lessons

Website with more information here.


Brain and Mind- From Concrete to Abstract (St Hilda’s College, Oxford |20th October 2016)

Depression and the Brain

Website with more information here.


18th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology  (São Paulo, Brazil| 3rd-5th November 2016)

Psychopathology of the Present: Theory and Practice 

Website with more information here.

For Gilherme Messas’s video record of the 18th INPP conference please click here for Portuguese, and here for English.


‘The Phenomenological Mind’, a group of lectures in Santiago Centro. 

Website with more information here



Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis (University of Oxford| Various dates)

Website with more information here.


International Conference in Heidelberg, Comprehensive Anthropology (Heidelberg| 6th-8th April 2017)

Formation of Embodied Memory

Website with more information here.


 Hiroshima Philosophy Forum #1: Mind & Cognition (Hiroshima, Japan| 28th-29th April 2017)

Website with more information 

International Colloquium “Phenomenological psychopathology: overcoming and opening” (Liège|13th to 15th December 2017)

Website with more information here.


International Workshop – Philosophy and Psychopathology: Phenomenological perspectives (18th April 2018| Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)

Click here for more information.

Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry 30th ANNUAL MEETING (New York| May 5-6th 2018)

Philosophical Perspectives on Affect, Emotion, and Mood in Psychiatric Disorder 

Call for papers.

Click here for more information. 


In Kraepelin’s shadow: Historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary biological psychiatry 

Organisers: Prof KWM (Bill) Fulford and Professor George Ikkos


Click here for more information.


Madness and Modernism Symposium (Durham UK| 11th May 2018)

Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature and Thought A symposium to celebrate, interrogate and reflect upon the significance and wide-ranging influence of Madness and Modernism will be held at Durham University on Friday 11 May 2018. The programme opens with Louis Sass in conversation with Patricia Waugh, modernist literary critic, intellectual historian and co-investigator on interdisciplinary Hearing the Voice project. Contributions are then invited from scholars in any discipline whose work directly engages, contributes to or complicates the arguments and approach of Madness and Modernism. If you would like to present at the symposium, please send abstracts of no more than 200 words as well as a short bio-note to the convenor, Angela Woods (, by Thursday 29 March 2018. Notification of acceptance will be by Wednesday 4 April.

The symposium is jointly hosted by Hearing the Voice and the Centre for Medical Humanities and funded by the Wellcome Trust. It will be free to attend and registrations will open in April pending final confirmation of the programme.

Jonathan Lear at Birkbeck

Jonathan Lear (University of Chicago) will be visiting Birkbeck from May 21st to May 25th. He will be speaking about the relationship between philosophy and psychoanalysis at three events listed below.

  1. Workshop: Wisdom won from Illness

Monday 21st May, 2018, 1 – 5 pm, Room 101, 30 Russell Square.

A workshop on Jonathan Lear’s most recent book, Wisdom won from Illness.  Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Harvard University Press, 2017).


Clare Carlisle  (King’s College London)

Simona Forti (Università del Piemonte Orientale)

Sebastian Gardner (University College London)

Other Distinguished Contributors:

Lisa Baraitser, Stephen Frosh, Ken Gemes, Edward Harcourt, Ulrike Heuer, Hallvard Lillehammer, MM McCabe, Daniel Pick, Sarah Richmond, Amia Srinivasan

If you would like to attend, please sign up at:

(For further information please contact

  Lecture:  On Transience and the Difficulty of Reality

Wednesday 23rd May, – 7.30pm, Birkbeck Main Building, Room  B34

We are creatures who — some of the time, in different ways and up to a point — are aware of our own future deaths as well as of the transient nature of all things around us. Even the world can be destroyed: structures of meaning which had lent a sense of life’s value to those who participated in them can decay and fall away.  How does this matter?  Freud thought that this one aspect of human self-awareness could function like a powerful ideology, pervasively distorting conscious experience.  It would seem then that the sense of transience is not one belief among others but a psychic force that can shape a life.  Are there better and worse ways to live with a sense of transience?  And might there be room to think about failures of imagination — as well as imagination as a human excellence — when it comes to living with transience?

If you’d like to attend please sign up at:

  1. Interdisciplinary panel discussion for graduate students on Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

 Thursday 24th May 2018, 6 – 9 pm. Birkbeck Main Building, Room B35

Jonathan Lear in discussion with Stephen Frosh and Daniel Pick.

If you would like to attend, please sign up at:

Project PERFECT: Confabulation and Epistemic Innocence (Milano-Bicocca University, Milan| May 28th, 2018)

Call for papers deadline: 28th February 2018

Click here for more information.


A Three Day Multi-Disciplinary International Conference (Paris, France|6th-9th June, 2018)

Inhuman Gaze and Perceiving Otherwise

Call for papers.

Click here for more information.



International Conference held by the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge (Stockholm| June 13-15th, 2018)

Phenomenology of Medicine and Bioethics

Abstract deadline: January 1, 2018

Click here for more information.

The Marsilius-Kolleg “Embodiment as a Paradigm for an Evolutionary Cultural Anthropology“, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Anthropologie, Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (German Society of Phenomenological Anthropology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DGAP) and the Forschungsstätte der evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft (FEST)), presents:

 Time, the Body and the Other (Heidelberg| September 13 – 15th 2018)

Phenomenological and Psychopathological Approaches

Click here for more information.


Section of Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry (SPHP) of the World Psychiatric Association (Mexico City| September 27-30th, 2018)

Special Symposium on Philosophy, Humanities, and Psychiatry 

For details please contact our colleague: Guilherme Messas, organiser on behalf of the SPHP at:

Click here for more information. 


International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry 20th Annual Conference, Hosted by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Section of History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry (Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Hong Kong| October 4th-6th, 2018)

History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry: The State of Play in the 21st Century.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities available. Please click for the INPP Sponsorship Prospectus.


The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford & Phenomenology and Mental Health Network

The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St. Catherine’s College

Diversity and Mental Illness (one-day workshop)| 24th of October 2018, University of Oxford

The workshop is a part of TORCH’s annual headline series Humanities & Identities

Organizers: Marcin Moskalewicz & Bill Fulford

Click here for more information.

The European Research Institute presents: Belief, Imagination, and Delusion (University of Birmingham| 6th-7th November 2018)

Conference Theme

This conference aims to bring together researchers interested in the nature of belief, imagination, and delusion formation, to reflect on interactions between these areas. The conference will invite researchers working on the nature of belief or imagination to approach delusions as a case study against which to reflect on their views. Researchers interested in delusion formation will be asked to reflect on accounts of the nature of belief and imagination, and how those fit with models of delusion formation.


3rd International Mental Health Meeting of Romão de Sousa Foundation: Open Dialogue and Reflective Processes in Mental Health (Lisbon| 24th of November 2018)

Working with families, communities and networks

The meeting will take place in Lisbon on the 24th of November 2018, preceded by a number of practical workshops on the 23rd of November (please see the provisional program here).

The international meeting will be preceded by a 3-Day residential training event called “Living Learning Experience”, chaired by Professor Rex Haigh (UK NHS and University of Nottingham). See here.


Symposium on Metaphysics of Psychopathology &   International Workshop on Philosophy of Psychiatry ( University of Tokyo| December 1 & 2, 2018)

A Japanese translation of Peter Zachar’s latest book “A Metaphysics of Psychopathology” has been just published this summer. The translators and their colleagues invite Prof. Zachar to Tokyo for discussing on the basic concepts in the book in December 1. In December 2, Japanese psychiatrists and philosophers who are interested in philosophy of psychiatry will give a talk on related issues and exchange their views with Prof. Zachar.

 Click here for more information.

THE FORUM FOR PHILOSOPHY :Science, politics & culture from a philosophical perspective (6.30-8pm, Monday 4 February 2019| Old Theatre, Old Building, LSEMental disorders are widely held to have a chemical basis best treated with medication, and contemporary psychiatry is more closely allied with the neuro- and behavioural sciences than with philosophy. So what, if anything, does philosophy have to offer psychiatry today? Exploring both historical examples and contemporary psychiatric practice, we ask what the theoretical and therapeutic benefits of a philosophically informed psychiatry might be.


Lisa Conlan- Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Jean Khalfa- Senior Lecturer in French Studies, Trinity College, Cambridge

Stella Sandford- Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London

Alistair Stewart- Consultant Psychiatrist,Fairfield General Hospital, Bury

More details<>

CFA, Dreams, Hallucinations and Imagination Conference (CSPE, University of Glasgow| February 23-24)

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Workshop organized by the study group Philosophy & Psychiatry: The Self in Psychiatry (VU University Amsterdam| 7th March 2019)

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 Beyond the Brain. Reconceptualizing Mental Disorders  (9th-10th May 2019|University of Edinburgh)

 How to participate: We are soliciting abstracts for posters or short talks. Entrants of all post-graduate scholarly levels are welcome. We hope to receive applications which show strong engagement with the ideas presented above, either from a theoretical philosophical or psychological standpoint, or from a practical treatment or counselling standpoint.

If you wish to  participate with a presentation , please email with an abstract of 300 words or less for your talk or poster by the 31st March  2019.  Posters : posters should be 90cm x 120cm. Funding for printing may be available.·        Short talks : Each short presentation’s format will be 4 minutes speech followed by 3 minutes of questions and answers. From a formatting standpoint, these talks will all be rapidly given one after the other during an hour of one of the day’s talks. The intention behind the short talks is to ferment a lot of ideas, very quickly.

For further information please visit


Philosophy and Madness: from Kant to Hegel and Beyond (Università di RomaTre| Rome,30-31 May 2019)

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 Curing through Questioning: Philosophy as Therapy Across Ancient Traditions and Modern Applications (1st-2nd June 2019|Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, University of Oxford)

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 Psychopathology and Phenomenology: Perspectives (San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy| Milan, June 4-6, 2019)

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 Seminar and Launch of the Understanding Personality Disorders Network The Collaborating Centre for Value-based Practice in Health and Social Care (St Catherine’s College, Oxford University | 10th June 2019)

Understanding Personality Disorders

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Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions ((USS-SWC)| Vienna, July 1–12, 2019)

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Summer School: Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (June 12th-14th, 2019, Cesano Maderno (MB), Italy)

The school’s goal is to create an interdisciplinary debate around the conceptof desire, bringing together different methodologies, styles and tradition of research. Starting from the commentary on one or more artwork, each day will see a psychoanalyst and a philosopher alternate, whose interventions will be followed by discussion moments. A workshop will conclude each day: some texts, previously communicated to the participants, will be commented together.

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Philosophy and Psychiatry: Mind, Value and Mental Health (July 17th-20th, 2019, Oxford)

International Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry and Oxford Summer School in Philosophy and Psychiatry

Overview: Two linked events for philosophers, scientists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and service users.

1. International Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry 

A one-day conference featuring international keynote speakers and short presentations from graduate students and recent post-doctoral researchers.

2. Oxford Summer School in Philosophy and Psychiatry 

An interactive, two-day summer school delivered by experts in the field with guest lectures and seminars. Sessions will consist of presentations by seminar leaders, and collaborative talks providing opportunities for substantial dialogue between philosophers, clinicians, scientists and others.

Dates and Fees:

Conference only: 20 July: £170.00

Summer School and Conference (non-residential): 18-20 July: £1220.00

Summer School and Conference (residential): 17-21 July: £1730.00

Summer School only (non-residential): 18-19 July: £1050.00

Summer School only (residential): 17-19 July: £1450.00

Conference drinks and dinner – 20 July: £42.00

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  Begeesterd Summer school  (1-4th August 2019|UPC KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg)

 This summer school aims to treat several core questions through a thorough examination:
– the concept of psychiatrical illness through network theory
– the paradigm of addiction
– depression: rather an attunement disorder than a mood disorder?
– ethics of the convalescence paradigm
– importance of the 4E approach in philosophy of psychiatry
– phenomenology of psychosis
For more information contact: Dr Victor Mazereel 



The International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry 21st Annual Conference: Experts and Representations in Mental Health (Warsaw (PL)| Autumn 2019)

Open Seminars in Philosophy and Psychiatry Foundation is honored to host the 21th Annual Conference of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry ‘Experts in Mental Health’ that will take place in 22-24 October 2019 in Warsaw
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An Interdisciplinary Conference of the Understanding Personality Disorders Network (21st October 2019|Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

The Many Faces of Personality Disorder

The event is organised by the newly established multi- and interdisciplinary Understanding Personality Disorders Network affiliated both with the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care (St Catherine’s College, Oxford) and the Jagiellonian University’s Institute of Applied Psychology (Kraków). The network seeks to promote an investigation of personality disorders and to inform clinical practice by the outcomes achieved. A special emphasis is laid on the integration of empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and normative issues within broader schemes in particular that of Value-based Practice (VBP).

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Conceptual Issues in Biological Psychiatry (6-7th November 2019| King’s College, London)  

The Peter Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine project presents an interdisciplinary two-day workshop on conceptual issues in biological psychiatry scheduled to take place on the 6th and 7th of November 2019 at King’s College London.

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