Philosophy and Psychiatry: Mind, Value and Mental Health


Two linked events for philosophers, scientists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and service users. 

International Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry

A one-day conference featuring international keynote speakers and short presentations from graduate students and recent post-doctoral researchers.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Topics for the 2019 Conference:

  • Louis Sass on Three Dangers: Phenomenological Reflections on the Psychotherapy of Psychosis
  • Shaun Gallagher on The 4As (Affect, Agency, Autonomy,  Affordance), Self and Psychopathology
  • Gwen Adshead on Psychotherapy with Offenders: Feeling Better or Behaving Better?
  • Thomas Fuchs on Delusion and intersubjectivity. An (inter)enactive account

Oxford Summer School in Philosophy and Psychiatry

An interactive, two-day summer school delivered by experts in the field with guest lectures and seminars. Sessions will consist of presentations by seminar leaders, and collaborative talks providing opportunities for substantial dialogue between philosophers, clinicians, scientists and others.

Confirmed Summer School Tutors and Topics

Course directors:

The events will be led by members of the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy


Description Costs
Conference only £170.00
Summer School and Conference (non-residential): 18-20 July £1220.00
Summer School and Conference (residential): 17-21 July £1730.00
Summer School only (non-residential): 18-19 July £1050.00
Summer School only (residential): 17-19 July £1450.00
Conference drinks and dinner - 20 July £42.00


Closed to new applications.

Student discounts of 25% now available. E-mail for discount code to use when booking.

Places on the summer school and the conference are strictly limited. To register, click the 'Book Now' button and select from the following options:

Summer School and Conference packages

Summer School and Conference package (residential): £1,730

Includes items listed under Summer School only (residential) and Conference fee with additional en suite accommodation 19 and 20 July (includes breakfast). Please note that this option does not include conference drinks reception and dinner, please select this separately.

Summer School and Conference package (non-residential): £1,220

Includes items listed under Summer School only (non-residential) and Conference Fee.

Summer School only 

Summer School only (residential): £1,450

  • Attendance at all sessions on 18 and 19 July
  • Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School resource pack
  • Certificate of Attendance on successful completion
  • En suite accommodation at St Hilda’s College 17 and 18 July
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments on 18 and 19 July
  • Evening meal 18 July
  • Drinks reception and Gala Dinner 19 July
  • Internet access

Summer School only (non-residential): £1,050

  • Attendance at all sessions on 18 and 19 July
  • Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School resource pack
  • Certificate of Attendance on successful completion
  • Lunch and refreshments on 18 and 19 July
  • Drinks reception and Gala Dinner 19 July
  • Internet access

International Conference only 

Conference only: £170

  • Attendance at all sessions on 20 July
  • Certificate of Attendance on successful completion
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Internet access
  • Conference drinks reception and dinner: £42



Louis Sass

Conference Speaker

Louis A. Sass has strong interdisciplinary interests involving the intersection of clinical psychology with philosophy, the arts, and literary studies. His publications include critical analyses of psychoanalytic theory; phenomenological studies of schizophrenia; and articles on notions of truth and of the self in psychoanalysis, hermeneutic philosophy, andpostmodernism. He is the author of "Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought" and "The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind." He also co-edited "Hermeneutics and Psychological Theory." Dr. Sass has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J., and was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Foundation. Currently he is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and a research associate in the history of psychiatry at Cornell Medical College. He is also a research associate in the Center for Cognitive Science and serves on the faculty of the Program in Comparative Literature, both at Rutgers. In 1998-99 he was president of the Division of Psychology and the Arts of the American Psychological Association. In 2006-07, he was president of the Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of APA.

Shaun Gallagher

Conference Speaker

Shaun Gallagher is the Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Excellence in Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and Professorial Fellow at the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong (AU). He is also Honorary Professor of Health Sciences at Tromsø University (Norway). He’s held visiting positions at Cambridge, Lyon, Paris, Berlin, Oxford and Rome; he was a Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Research Fellow (2012-18). His publications include Enactivist Interventions: Rethinking the Mind (Oxford, 2017); The Phenomenological Mind (with Dan Zahavi, Routledge, 2008; 2nd ed. 2012), How the Body Shapes the Mind (Oxford, 2005); and as editor, the Oxford Handbook of the Self (2011) and the Oxford Handbook of 4E Cognition (2018). His most recent monograph is Action and Interaction (Oxford, in press). He’s editor-in-chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Gwen Adshead

Conference Speaker

Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George's hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis.  She is trained as a group therapist and a mindfulness based cognitive therapist and has also trained in Mentalisation based therapy. She worked for nearly twenty years as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders, and working with staff around relational security and organisational dynamics. She now works in a medium secure unit in Hampshire. Gwen also has a Masters' Degree in Medical Law and Ethics; and has a research interest in moral reasoning, and how this links with 'bad' behaviour.  Gwen has published a number of books and over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, ethics in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry.  She was honoured with the President’s Medal for services to psychiatry in July 2013; an honorary doctorate from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2016, and was the Gresham Professor of Psychiatry 2014-2017.

Prof. Thomas Fuchs

Conference Speaker

Thomas Fuchs, MD, PhD, is Karl Jaspers Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry at Heidelberg University, Germany. He completed his medical and philosophical studies at Munich University. He is board certified in general psychiatry and psychotherapy, having completed his residencies at the Medical Department, Technical University of Munich.

Professor Fuchs's research and clinical work focus on the diagnosis, psychopathological assessment and treatment of adults with severe psychiatric disorders. His main areas of expertise include phenomenological philosophy, psychology and psychopathology, with a main interest in issues of embodiment, temporality, spatiality, and intersubjectivity. He further focuses on embodied and enactive cognitive science, with a particular emphasis on non-representational, interactive concepts of social cognition.

Professor Fuchs has authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters and several books. He is co-editor of “Psychopathology” and editorial board member of 4 scientific journals. Professor Fuchs was Coordinator and Principal Investigator of several large funded national and international grants, among them the European Research Training Networks “Disorders and Coherence of the Embodied Self” (DISCOS, 2007-2011) and “Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity” (TESIS, 2011-2016).    


Dan Zahavi

Director and Summer School Tutor

Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy at University of Copenhagen and University of Oxford, and director of the Center for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen. Zahavi’s primary research area is phenomenology and philosophy of mind, and their intersection with empirical disciplines such as psychiatry and developmental psychology. In addition to a number of scholarly works on the phenomenology of Husserl, Zahavi has mainly written on the nature of selfhood, self-consciousness, intersubjectivity, and social cognition. His most important publications include Self-awareness and Alterity (1999), Husserl’s Phenomenology (2003), Subjectivity and Selfhood (2005), The Phenomenological Mind (together with Shaun Gallagher) (2008/2012), Self and Other (2014), Husserl’s Legacy (2017), and Phenomenology: The Basics (2019). Zahavi also serves as the co-editor in chief of the journal Phenomenology and the cognitive sciences.

Edward Harcourt

Director and Summer School Tutor

Edward Harcourt has been a member of the Oxford Philosophy Faculty and a Fellow of Keble College since 2005. His research is in ethics, in particular in moral psychology, and he has published on topics including neo-Aristotelianism and child development, the ethical dimensions of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, the moral emotions, love and the virtues, Nietzsche's ethics, the philosophy of mental health and mental illness, literature and philosophy, and Wittgenstein.

From 2010-15 he convened the Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis seminars at the Tavistock Clinic, London. He was Principal Investigator of the Wellcome/ISSF project ‘Therapeutic Conflicts: Co-Producing Meaning in Mental Health’ (2014-16) and of the AHRC network ‘The Development of Character: Attachment Theory and the Moral Psychology of Vice and Virtue’ (2016-17). He served until recently as Chair of the Oxford Philosophy Faculty Board and is currently on secondment as Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Neil Armstrong

Summer School Tutor

Neil Armstrong is a social and medical anthropologist working on mental health and mental healthcare. He is particularly interested in how healthcare services become intertwined with their institutional setting. His current research investigates personal transformation in addiction. He is a tutor in anthropology at Magdalen College, Oxford, and research associate at Kings College, London, where he works with students using ethnography to try to understand the social context for the epidemic in reports of distress. As a member of Re:Create Psychiatry, he is interested in new forms of exchange between the various stakeholders in mental healthcare. He sits on an NHS clinical ethics advisory group and is associate editor of the BJ Psychiatric Bulletin.

Anna Bortolan

Summer School Tutor

Anna Bortolan is currently a Lecturer in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, which she joined in September 2018. Prior to this, she was an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, and obtained a PhD in Philosophy from Durham University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of psychiatry, and philosophy of emotion. Her work has explored the role of affectivity in psychopathological experience - with a particular focus on the relationship between emotions, self-consciousness, and narrative self-understanding - and has investigated the phenomenology of depression, experiences associated with borderline personality disorder, and social anxiety. One of the main areas of focus of her current research is also the philosophical investigation of self-esteem and the role that this may play in various forms of psychiatric illness.

Matt Burch

Summer School Tutor

Matt Burch is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Essex. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of phenomenology and the cognitive and social sciences, and his current research projects focus on failures of agency (e.g., akrasia and addiction), the phenomenology of risk, and the ideal of objectivity in science and law. He has worked on several projects with the Essex Autonomy Project (EAP), including an AHRC-funded project on the compliance of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Wellcome Trust-funded Mental Health and Justice project. This year he's working on an Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Independent Social Research Foundation. The title of that project is 'The Theory of Risk and the Practice of Care: Bridging the Gap”. 

Charlotte Cecil

Summer School Tutor

Charlotte AM Cecil, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Erasmus Medical Centre, and Team Leader for Biological Psychopathology in the Generation R Study cohort based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  Her work focuses on the impact of early adversity on children's emotions, behaviour and mental health. In particular, her aim is to identify how stressful experiences become biologically embedded (e.g. via epigenetic, immune and neural changes), influencing children’s development and long-term health, so as to improve current strategies for prevention and intervention. 

Anthony Fernandez

Summer School Tutor

Anthony Vincent Fernandez is a postdoctoral research fellow in the faculty of philosophy at the University of Oxford. He specializes in methodological challenges in applied phenomenology, especially studies of illness and psychopathology. His current work is on the use of phenomenology in qualitative research in nursing and healthcare. He has recently published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Synthese, and Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, and is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology.

Joel Krueger

Summer School Tutor

Joel Krueger is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Exeter. He works primarily in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science: specifically, issues in 4E (embodied, embedded, enacted, extended) cognition, including emotions, social cognition, and psychopathology. He also has interests in Asian and comparative philosophy and philosophy of music. Recent publications include "Schizophrenia and the scaffolded self" (Topoi), "Psychiatry beyond the brain: externalism, mental health, and autistic spectrum disorder" (with Tom Roberts and Shane Glackin, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology), "Affective affordances and psychopathology" (with Giovanna Colombetti, Discipline Filosofiche), and "Direct social perception" (in Oxford Handbook of 4E Cognition, eds. Newen, de Bruin, and Gallagher).

Blue Mills

Summer School Tutor

Blue Mills is a Peer Consultant for Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) which works in partnership with communities to develop services, systems, and cultures that support recovery and wellbeing. Before working with ImROC, Blue was a Link Worker for the Let’s Live Well in Rushcliffe social prescribing project and was a Peer Trainer for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s in-house Peer Support Training. Blue believes that out of the eight core principles of peer support, mutuality is, by far, the most powerful. It’s human instinct to naturally gravitate toward like-minded people, who have some kind of shared, common ground. In supporting someone with mental health difficulties, Blue feels the mutually of having lived experience melts away invisible barriers and holds the key to unlocking fluidity of communication, a sense of trust and hope for the future.

Julie Nordgaard

Summer School Tutor

Julie Nordgaard, MD, PhD, is Associated Professor at University of Copenhagen and Senior Consultant at Mental Health Center Amager, Denmark. Dr. Nordgaard is specialized in psychosis, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and psychopathological assessment.  The key foci of her research is psychopathology and phenomenologically-informed, psychiatric diagnostic interviews focusing on subjective experiences.  She has authored multiple articles on psychosis and psychopathology, and co-authored the book entitled ‘The psychiatric interview for differential diagnosis’ (Springer 2016). She is chairman for Institute of Psychopathology and director of EASE (Examination of Anomalous Self-Experiences) related activities.

Matthew Parrott

Summer School Tutor

Matthew Parrott is a Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham.   Prior to that, he was a Lecturer in Philosophy at King’s College London and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford.  He has published on the nature of delusion formation, reasoning, self-knowledge, and knowledge of other minds.  

Matthew Ratcliffe

Summer School Tutor

Matthew Ratcliffe is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York, UK. Most of his recent work addresses issues in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of psychiatry. He is author of Rethinking Commonsense Psychology: A Critique of Folk Psychology, Theory of Mind and Simulation (Palgrave, 2007), Feelings of Being: Phenomenology, Psychiatry and the Sense of Reality (Oxford University Press, 2008), Experiences of Depression: A Study in Phenomenology (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Real Hallucinations: Psychiatric Illness, Intentionality, and the Interpersonal World (MIT Press, 2017).

Julie Repper

Summer School Tutor

Julie is Director of ImROC. ImROC works in partnership with communities to develop systems, services and cultures that support recovery and wellbeing for all.  Julie is also joint editor of the Journal of Mental Health and Social Inclusion and recently retired from being Recovery Lead at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust.

Julie has extensive experience of working as a nurse, manager, researcher and lecturer in mental health services, she has also been a Trustee of various voluntary sector groups, sits on a number of National committees and uses mental health services herself.

It is all of these experiences that drive her belief in the need to improve services and offer more Recovery focused support.  She strives to work across boundaries and with whole systems - including people who use services, health, social care and third sector providers, commissioners and academic institutions - to support collaborative approaches to facilitating Recovery. 

Anna Golova

Conference Speaker

Anna Golova is a postgraduate philosophy student at King’s College London. Prior to that, she studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Freiburg, completing the programme with a dissertation on contemporary Just War Theory. She worked as a student assistant in political philosophy and as a tutor in epistemology at the University of Freiburg. She is a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. At King’s College London, her research focuses on philosophy of psychiatry. Next to that, she works as a Specialist Philosophy Teacher with The Philosophy Foundation.

Svetlana Sholokhova

Conference Speaker

Svetlana Sholokhova is a Teaching Associate at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). She holds a PhD in philosophy and specializes in philosophy of psychiatry and phenomenology. She obtained a Research Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2017-2018 to work at the Section "Phenomenological psychopathology and psychotherapy" of the Department of General Psychiatry at Heidelberg University Hospitals. Her current research is focused on the interaction between psychiatrist and patient during the clinical encouter and on the benefits of using a phenomenological approach in conducting psychiatric interviews.


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