The group photograph on the right is from a meeting convened by Michael Schwartz in 1990 at which the launch of PPP was planned. The back row shows James Phillips, Manfred Spitzer, Michael Schwartz,George Agich, Osborne Wiggins, John Sadler and Bill Fulford. In front of them are Alfred Freedman, Paul McHugh, Jerome Kroll, and Phillip Slavney.
Co-edited by Bill (KWM) Fulford (UK) and John Z Sadler (USA), with the strong support of their international Editorial and Advisory Boards, PPP rapidly established itself as a premier resource for philosophy and psychiatry.
Now well past its 21st birthday we hope PPP has ‘come of age’ without losing any of its youthful vigour. We have set ourselves two key challenges for the further development of a 21st century PPP
Although the UK and USA groups led on setting up PPP their aim from the start was to build an international journal reflecting the internationalism of philosophy and psychiatry as a discipline.
Practical considerations (including funding constraints) have limited the extent to which this aim has been realised. The journal has from the start included a wide diversity of Board members and referees from different parts of the world and has included special issues focussing on developments in particular regions or language groups (for example Spain and Brazil).
Our immediate plans for building the internationalism of PPP include
With the field still developing rapidly in many parts of the world we hope that the next generation of contributors and editors (see Challenge 2 below) will increasingly reflect the internationalism of the field
We welcome ideas and support in advancing the further international development of PPP
There are a number of ways in which as a journal we are already working towards building the next generation
Our new process for appointing Senior Editors (see above, Challenge 1) is also aimed at building faculty for the future.
As a new publishing venture in what was then a newly emergent field (see Origins), PPP benefitted hugely from the support of many influential individuals and organizations from around the world.
We thank all of these including