Events Overview

Past Events

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group: Addiction
1 December 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Hendem, Edmund & Gjelsvik, Olav (2017). “What Is wrong with the brains of addicts?”. Neuroethics 10, p. 71-78. (link)

Convener: Tuomas Pernu

Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London – we will be meeting in the Common Room and then we will look for a free room in the building.

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group: Addiction
17 November 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Calvey, Tanya (2017). “The extended evolutionary synthesis and addiction: the price we pay for adaptability”. Progress in Brain Research 235, p. 1-18. (link)

Convener: Tuomas Pernu

Room 508 (typically), Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group: Addiction
10 November 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Brooks, Samantha J.; Lochner, Christine; Shoptaw, Steve Shoptaw & Stein, Dan J. (2017). “Using the research domain criteria (RDoC) to conceptualize impulsivity and compulsivity in relation to addiction”. Progress in Brain Research 235, p. 177-218. (link)

Convener: Tuomas Pernu

Room 508, Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

2017 Annual Sowerby Lecture
9 November 2017 – 19:30-21:00

Mental Health and Justice: Classical and Romantic perspectives

Lecture: Gareth Owen – King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

See this event also on Facebook.

Video Recording

Abstract:

Psychiatry has long attracted interpretations from cool, detached perspectives valuing objectivity (Kraepelin, Freud, Beck) to hotter, embodied perspectives valuing subjectivity (Reil, Laing, Foucault).

These two perspectives (‘classical’ and ‘romantic’) are now expressing themselves in psychiatry’s meeting point with law with different approaches taken to the decision-making of the mentally ill. A recent ‘classical’ achievement in this area is the Mental Capacity Act (2005) which lays out a test of decision-making capacity within a legal framework that has been described as “a masterpiece of legal clarity”. A recent romantic achievement has been the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which emphatically asserts a social model of mental illness in which society, not the brain, is the true source of disabilities.

This lecture will probe the subjectivity of some disorders of mind and brain. What, for example, is it like to be a decision-maker under conditions of brain injury unaware of one’s deficits or a person with affective disorder fluctuating between experiences of the future as intensely dark and intensely bright? And how should others respond? It aims to use these forms of human experience to challenge the single mindedness of both classical and romantic perspectives and draw out implications for psychiatry as a branch of medicine interacting with law and society.

 

About the Speaker:

Dr Gareth Owen leads the Wellcome Trust funded Mental Health and Justice Project – a collaborative research endeavour spanning psychiatry, law, ethics, neuroscience and social science/public policy. The project takes an interdisciplinary approach to the core dilemma of respecting vs. protecting the decision-making of people with mental disabilities or disorders. He did undergrad studies in physics, philosophy and medicine and post grad psychiatry training at the Maudsley.

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group: Addiction
3 November 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter & Pickard, Hanna (2013). “What is addiction?”. In KWM Fulford & al. eds, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry: Oxford: Oxford University Press. (link)

Convener: Tuomas Pernu

Room 608 (Graduate Common Room), Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

Reading Group
21 April 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Fuller, Jonathan (forthcoming). “What are chronic diseases?”. Synthese. (link)

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu, plus presentation from Jonathan Fuller

Philosophy Department Seminar Room: PB405 (KCL, Strand, Philosophy Building, Ground Floor)

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Reading Group: Causal Explanation in Psychiatry
7 April 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Kendler, Kenneth S. & Campbell, John (2014). “Expanding the domain of the understandable in psychiatric illness: an updating of the Jasperian framework of explanation and understanding”. Psychological Medicine 44, p. 1-7. (link)

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

Room 703, Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Reading Group: Causal Explanation in Psychiatry
31 March 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Bolton, Derek (1997). “Encoding of meaning: deconstructing the meaning/causality distinction”. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 4, p. 255-267. (link)

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

Room 703, Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Reading Group: Causal Explanation in Psychiatry
24 March 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Bolton, Derek (2008). “The epistemology of randomized, controlled trials and application in psychiatry”. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 15, p. 159-165. (link)

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

Room 703, Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Reading Group: Causal Explanation in Psychiatry
17 March 2017 – 16:00-17:00

Reading:

  • Cratsley, Kelso (2017). “The shift to mechanistic explanation and classification”. In J. Poland & Şerife Tekin eds, Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. (link)

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

Room 703, Philosophy Building, Strand, King’s College London

The Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Causal Explanation in Psychiatry. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

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