The IPPP book series was launched in 2003 by the series editors with their edited collection Nature and Narrative: an Introduction to the New Philosophy of Psychiatry.
The series was inspired by the millennial INPP conference organised by Giovanni Stanghellini in Florence under the title Renaissance Psychiatry. The then OUP Senior Commissioning Editor for Psychology, Richard Marley, saw the conference programme on-line and invited Bill Fulford and Giovanni Stanghellini to submit a proposal for a volume and the series.
The current Senior Commissioning Editor, Martin Baum has taken the lead in developing the IPPP series further, adding many new volumes and launching the Oxford Handbooks as a joint venture between the Psychology and Philosophy sections of OUP
Original work in philosophy often requires book-length treatment beyond even the generous (may be up to 8000 word) allowance of the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology (PPP).
In offering this, the IPPP series aims to complement other books and book series – for example, a path-finding series from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Key challenges for the future include:
We welcome ideas and proposals for contributions to both the IPPP book series and Oxford Handbooks
We are very grateful to Richard Marley for his initiative and support in developing the IPPP book series. The series has made an important contribution to the development of philosophy and psychiatry in Oxford and across the world.
Richard went on the become Publishing Director of Life Sciences and Medicine at Cambridge University Press until his death in 2016
Throughout the life of the series we have also had wonderful support from an array of team members both in Oxford and at OUP’s offices in the States and other parts of the world. We are very grateful to them all.