of psychiatry

Every two weeks, on Thursdays
Fall 2021 Edition


/ about

Philosophy of Psychiatry is an expanding field of research. Well known research topics include the scientificity of Psychiatry, its role and explanatory power, as well as its interactions with neighbouring disciplines such as Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology, Anthropology, etc. Philosophy of Psychiatry also relates to traditional questions of Philosophy of Science such as ones about models, proof, causality, and categorisation. It brings into consideration some phenomenological approaches to mental condition(s) and their relationship to cognition in general, and to more particular processes and functions such as rationality, agentivity or emotions. Researchers in the field investigate concept(s) or conception(s) of mental disorder compared to neurotypicality, as well as the possible models and conceptualizations of mental health. Philosophy of Psychiatry has also recently been animated by ethical considerations, opening the field to new research topics, such as the validity and usefulness of different diagnostic categories, the merits and limits of the Neurodiversity movement, the integration of patients in psychiatric research and clinics, the tools to find appropriate mental health policies and methodologies, the influence of pharmaceutical companies on psychiatry, the role and limits of values in psychiatric theories and practice, etc.

By investigating these different themes in a philosophical perspective, this Webinar aims to contribute to a better understanding of clinical and theoretical psychiatry. Every two weeks, internationally renowned experts in the field will present their work to the audience, who will then be invited to take part in a discussion.

The webinar will take place on Thursday (Eastern Time), beginning on January 21, 2021. It is freely accessible on Zoom (# of meeting, password and link to be announced).


Anne-Marie Gagné-Julien

Biomedical Ethics Unit,

McGill University

Canada Research Chair on Epistemic Injustice and Agency

Sarah Arnaud

University of Antwerp,


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Fall 2021 - Thursdays 12pm   *** EXCEPT FOR SEPTEMBER 30TH at 3:30pm***

Fall 2021
Spring 2021


Lisa Bortolotti
University of Birmingham

The Agential Stance: How to support young people in mental health clinical encounters



Awais Aftab MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, OH, USA

“Disorder” and the Legitimacy of Medicine



Jonathan Y. Tsou
Iowa State University, Dept. Philosophy and Religious Studies

Natural Kinds, Projectability, and Levels of Psychiatric Classification



John Greenwood
City University of New York


Etiology, Distress and Disability, and Dysfunction in DSM III-DSM-5



Kathryn Tabb
Bard College

Lara Keuck

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science


Scoping Psychiatry



Miriam Solomon
Temple University


Towards an Ameliorative Account of Psychiatric Disorder

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    Dec. 09, 12:00 p.m.
    Towards an Ameliorative Account of Psychiatric Disorder


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Sarah Arnaud

University of Antwerp

sarah.audrey.arnaud @

Anne-Marie Gagné-Julien

Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University

annemariegagnejulien @

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