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March 2014
Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry

Oxford’s First Summer School on Philosophy and Psychiatry

The first Oxford Summer School on philosophy and psychiatry was held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, in July 2013 on the theme of Mind, Values and Mental Health. Sponsored by the Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry Section of the WPA, the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Philosophy Group and the INPP (International Network for Philoso- phy and Psychiatry), the Summer School was run jointly by the University of Oxford Philosophy Faculty and Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education.

Each of the five days of the Summer School included intensive work on a particular topic (consciousness, the self, ancient philosophy, phenomenology and values), a guest key-note lecture and a social event, the latter including the launch of the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Key-note speakers included the current Chair of the Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry Section, Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, together with Professors Terry Irwin (Head of the Oxford Philosophy Faculty), Chris Frith (University College, London), and George Graham (Alberta College, USA).

The Summer School was fully booked with thirty-one delegates from all parts of the world (including six from Australia) and a waiting list for future events. Feedback has been very positive and we believe there is considerable scope for further development of the field through academic programmes of this kind.

Bill Fulford (fourth from left) with a group of some of the participants who attended the Summer School in July 2013.

For more details of the 2013 programme and a preliminary announcement of the summer school planned for 2015, please go to: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/ppss4

Bill Fulford
Co-chair, WPA Section on Philosophy and
Humanities in Psychiatry
Co-organizer of the Oxford Summer School

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