Mind, Value and Mental Health: Summer School and Conference (combined booking)

Course summary

Mind, Value and Mental Health: Summer School and Conference (combined booking)


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

3rd Oxford Summer School in Philosophy and Psychiatry: 13-14 July 2017

An interactive, two-day summer school delivered by experts in the field with guest lectures and seminars on topics including philosophical psychopathology, empathy, trauma, depression/bipolar disorder and epistemic injustice and psychiatry.

Sessions will consist of presentations by seminar leaders, and collaborative talks providing opportunities for substantial dialogue between philosophers, clinicians, scientists and others.

To facilitate the discussion, participants will be sent a targeted reading list, and are encouraged to come to the School (if they wish) having prepared relevant material from their own experience - as clinicians, service users etc. - to share with the group (suitably anonymised if necessary).

2nd International Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry: 15 July 2017

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

Venue: St Hilda’s College, Oxford - a fabulous setting with excellent residential facilities and ideal for networking.

Course directors:

The events will be led by members of the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy and postholders in other related fields: 

Programme details

Summer School 

The interactive summer school provides an opportunity to discuss current issues with experts in the fields of philosophy, science and mental health.

The morning sessions involve a combination of lectures and discussions with a philosophy focus, and the afternoon sessions take a seminar format.

Philosophical Psychopathology Today

Giovanni StanghelliniProfessor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychotherapy, Chieti University 

Matthew BroomeSenior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford 

Empathy and Psychopathology 

Anita AvramidesReader in Philosophy of Mind, University of Oxford

Jonathan ColeConsultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  

Dan ZahaviProfessor of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen 


Sarah MajidConsultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Derek BoltonProfessor of Philosophy and Psychopathology, King’s College London

Psychiatric Diagnosis and Cultural Difference

Diagnosis and the Concept of Culture

Elisabeth HsuProfessor in Anthropology, University of Oxford

Workshop: Clinical Engagement through Cultural Dialogue

This session will look at a pioneering approach that deploys ‘culture’ as a crucial metaphor for establishing therapeutic engagement with acutely mentally unwell people in psychiatric in-patient units, regardless of their ethnic identity. In particular, participants will recognise the critical importance of both professionals and patients’ cultural identity, in shaping encounters in an acute clinical setting. The session will also enable participants to learn the application of medical anthropological theory in routine clinical practice.

Sushrut Jadhav, Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Psychiatry, University College London

Samrat SenguptaConsultant Forensic PsychiatristBroadmoor Hospital

Depression / Bipolar disorder 

Stephen McHughResearch Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford  

Benedict SmithLecturer in Philosophy at Durham University

Epistemic Injustice and Psychiatry

Elianna FetterolfPost-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Abdi Sanati,  Consultant Psychiatrist at North East London NHS Foundation Trust 

International Conference 

Keynote lectures delivered by international speakers:

The Power of Psychological Therapies to Transform Lives 

David M. Clark,  Professor and Chair of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford



Epistemic Violence and the Social Imaginary: Patient Voices and Mechanisms of Silencing in Psychiatry 

Nancy Nyqvist PotterProfessor of Philosophy, University of Louisville 

Truth commissions, trauma studies, and critical race theories emphasize the importance of centering the experiences and voices of victims in order to understand the impact of structural injustice and violence. In a somewhat similar vein, service-user movements highlight the centrality of attending to service users/patients’ voices in order to provide good and ethical treatment. But even well-meaning clinicians may inadvertently silence service users/patients. The question this paper addresses is how this problem occurs, and what can be done about it. Drawing upon two recently introduced concepts from philosophical theorizing, epistemic violence and the social imaginary, I identify some more subtle ways that service users/patients become silenced while in clinical encounters. Epistemic violence is ‘a failure of an audience to communicatively reciprocate, either intentionally or unintentionally, in linguistic exchanges owning to pernicious ignorance’ (Dotson). It is a grave concerns in that it damages the communicator’s confidence in her beliefs and her confidence in herself as a knower; it undermines her sense of herself as an epistemic agent; it hinders the development of intellectual courage (Dotson) and it ‘excludes the subject from trustful conversation’ (Fricker). Dotson discusses two practices of silencing that are forms of epistemic violence, which I apply to the clinical setting using case studies. I then explain Code’s conception of the social imaginary as both instituted and instituting, suggestion how we can engage in an instituting social imaginary in order to shift away from practices of silencing and toward giving uptake to others.

Remedies from Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy

Jennifer RaddenProfessor Emerita of Philosophy,  University of Massachusetts Boston

Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) provides a compendium of remedies against melancholy moods and dispositions. The regulation of exercise, fresh air, sleep, diet, evacuation, and feelings, believed to together keep the bodily humors in healthy balance, demanded habits that were essential accompaniments to one another and to other measures, and only effective when combined. It was preventive medicine: thought to anticipate and ward off the symptoms of melancholy before they became entrenched and difficult to treat. And it was self help: adhering to the regime was for the most part the individual’s own responsibility.

These remedial principles seem sensible and unsurprising to us; in various alternative and conventional medical settings, and in one form or another, they are often prescribed for today’s mood disorders of depression and anxiety. What is surprising is their theoretical foundation, as we can piece it together from the confusion of humoural, religious and otherwise distracting claims in the Anatomy. Underlying and supporting Burton’s recommendations, I want to show, were ideas about melancholy understood as disease that are quite contrary to today’s orthodox medical conceptions of mental disorder. Inasmuch as  ‘common cause’ etiological models, and ‘magic bullet,’ or single-remedy, assumptions are eschewed in Burton’s habit-based account, it instead fits the new network models recently proposed by researchers. His emphasis on the combination of prevention (in the strongest sense of averting or avoiding initial episodes as well as reducing subsequent ones), the multi-factorial feature of these remedies, and self-help through healthy ‘lifestyle’ habits, represent a significant corollary to these network models, deserving further attention.

Interpersonal Experience and the Sense of Reality 

Matthew RatcliffeProfessor of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Vienna

I begin by defining the “sense of reality” as the ordinarily pre-reflective ability to distinguish between types of intentional state, such as perceiving, imagining, and remembering. Then I propose that many of those phenomena labeled as “delusions” and “hallucinations” consist of disturbances in the sense of reality. For instance, the content of an imagining might be associated with the sense that one is perceiving. Following this, I develop a case for the view that the structure of intentionality depends for its integrity on ways of relating to other people and to the social world as a whole. Consequently, disturbances in the sense of reality are, at the same time, disturbances of interpersonal experience and relatedness. This is consistent with findings that point to a causal link between interpersonal trauma and psychosis, and helps us to understand the relationships between the two. 


Please note that the conference and summer school programme may be subject to change.


Both events will take place at St Hilda’s College, Oxford with stunning grounds running down to the River Cherwell and beautiful views over the Botanic Gardens, Christ Church Meadow and the spires of the city.

Summer School

Limited en suite accommodation for the nights of 12 and 13 July is included in the Residential fee for summer school delegates. Additional en suite accommodation on 14 and 15 July is included when booking the Summer school and Conference (en suite package) option.

Further nights may be available, please contact us for details.


Limited standard bed and breakfast accommodation (rooms contain a washbasin and have the use of shared bathrooms) is available at a rate of £39 per night on 14 and 15 July. Further nights may be available, please contact us for details.

Alternatively it is possible to book bed and breakfast accommodation at other colleges.


Summer School and Conference (en suite package): 12-16 July: £1630.00
Summer School and Conference (non-res package): 12-15 July: £1155.00
Conference drinks and dinner: £39.00


When applying (either online or by downloading an application form), please select from the following options:

Summer School and Conference residential package: £1,630

  • Attendance at all sessions on 13, 14 and 15 July
  • Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School resource pack
  • Certificate of Attendance on successful completion
  • En suite bed and breakfast accommodation at St Hilda’s College 12, 13, 14 and 15 July
  • Lunch and refreshments on 13, 14 and 15 July
  • Evening meal 13 July
  • Drinks reception and Gala Dinner 14 July
  • Internet access

Summer School and Conference (non-residential package): £1,155

  • Attendance at all sessions on 13, 14 and 15 July
  • Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School resource pack
  • Certificate of Attendance on successful completion
  • Lunch and refreshments on 13, 14 and 15 July
  • Drinks reception and Gala Dinner 14 July
  • Internet access

Conference drinks reception and dinner: £39

Conference drinks reception and dinner is not included in these packages, please add separately. 


Please note that this page is for booking both the summer school and conference. 


Individual bookings:

Summer school only booking

Conference only booking


Dr Anita Avramides

Director & Tutor

Anita Avramides was born in New York City. She attended Packer Collegiate Institute, in Brooklyn and then Oberlin College, in Ohio, where she majored in Philosophy. After a year of working and studying in Paris, she attended University College London where she received her M. Phil. in philosophy. She received her D. Phil from Somerville and Queen’s Colleges in Oxford. In 1990 she was appointed to the Southover Manor Trust Fellowship in Philosophy at St. Hilda’s College in Oxford, and in 2008 she was made a Reader in the Philosophy of Mind in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University.

Professor Martin Davies


Martin Davies is Wilde Professor of Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He was Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy from 1993 to 2000 and then took up a Professorship in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, returning to Oxford in 2006. Before coming to Oxford for the first time, as a BPhil and then DPhil student at New College, he studied philosophy and mathematics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. After completing his doctorate, he taught at the University of Essex for a year and was then a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College Oxford before moving in 1981 to Birkbeck College London.

Martin Davies’s research interests are in philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science, with recent work on delusions including anosognosia for motor impairments, the methodology of cognitive neuropsychology, and consciousness, and empirical collaborations on the illusion of self-touch (a version of the rubber hand illusion), inattentional blindness, and motion-induced blindness. He is a Fellow of both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Professor Bill Fulford


KWM (Bill) Fulford is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School. His previous posts include Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford, and Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the Department of Health. Bill has led on a number of key academic and administrative developments in the philosophy of psychiatry and has published widely in this field, including Moral Theory and Medical Practice and co-authoring The Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He is Lead Editor for the Oxford book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry, and Founder and Co-editor with John Sadler of the international journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP), which he founded in 1993. His recent publications include the launch volume for a book series from Cambridge University Press on Values-based Practice - Fulford, KWM, Peile, EP and Carroll, H., Essential Values-based Practice: Clinical Stories Linking Science with People (2012, Cambridge University Press). He is the lead editor for the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (published 2013).

Dr Edward Harcourt


Edward Harcourt (Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University) is Fellow & Tutor in Philosophy at Keble College, Oxford. His research interests include ethics, moral psychology, and the philosophy of mental health and mental illness. He has published on, among other things, Aristotle and contemporary developmental psychology, self-knowledge, the emotions, the ethical dimensions of psychotherapy, Nietzsche’s ethics, literature and philosophy, and Wittgenstein. He is a director of Mind, Value and Mental Health: The Oxford Summer Schools in Philosophy and Psychiatry and from 2010-15 convened the Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis seminars at the Tavistock Clinic, London.

Professor Giovanni Stanghellini


Professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychotherapy, Chieti University

Professor Stanghellini is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He has published extensively on a range of disorders including schizophrenia, depression, and eating disorders, and his work integrates psychopathology, phenomenology, epistemology and neuroscience...more

Dr Matthew Broome


Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Dr Broome is a clinical psychiatrist specialising in the neuroscience and epidemiology of the onset of psychiatric disorders. His current research focuses on the early psychopathological changes that indicate the development of major mental illnesses in adolescents and young adults...more 

Dr Jonathan Cole


Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Professor Cole specialises in peripheral neurophysiology. His work promotes a ‘neurophenomenological,’ empathic approach to the treatment of neurological impairment. He has written on the relation between ‘self’ and ‘face’ revealed by facial difference, and is a member of the advisory council of Changing Faces, the UK charity involved in support for those with facial disfigurement...more

Dr Sarah Majid


Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Prof Derek Bolton


Derek Bolton, Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology, King’s College London

Professor Bolton is an Honorary Clinical Psychologist in the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He specialises in anxiety disorders and PTSD in children and adolescents, as well as philosophical issues in psychiatry...more

Dan Zahavi


Professor of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen

Professor Zahavi specialises in the phenomenological tradition, particularly the work of Edmund Husserl. His research examines the social dimension of empathy, self-experience, emotion, intentionality, shame and social cognition...more

Prof Elisabeth Hsu


Professor in Anthropology, University of Oxford

Elisabeth Hsu is Professor in Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Oxford, and Governing Body Fellow at Green Templeton College.  Her research interests lie within the fields of medical anthropology and ethnobotany, language and textual studies. They concern Chinese medicine; the transmission of knowledge and practice; pulse diagnosis; body and personhood; touch, pain, feelings, emotions, and sensory experience ... more

Dr Stephen McHugh


Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford 

Dr McHugh’s research examines the cellular and molecular basis of learning and memory, with a particular emphasis on the way in which the brain forms and retrieves unpleasant memories of experiences, contributing to states of fear and anxiety...more 

Dr Benedict Smith


Benedict Smith, Lecturer in Philosophy at Durham University

Dr Smith is a research fellow at the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and a Lecturer in Philosophy at Durham. His work focuses on the philosophy of mind and psychiatry as well as issues in moral philosophy including motivation, trust, and the role of concepts in our moral thought and practice...more

Abdi Sanati


Consultant Psychiatrist at North East London NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Sanati is a consultant psychiatrist and Chairman of the Philosophy Special Interest Group of the Royal College. He has completed the MSc programme in Philosophy of Psychiatry, and his current philosophical interests are epistemic injustice, human rights and delusions. He active in promoting philosophy among psychiatrists.

Dr Elianna Fetterolf


Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Dr Fetterolf is a specialist in moral philosophy and moral psychology. Her work examines a range of issues at the intersection of philosophy and psychiatry including moral emotions, motivation, responsibility and agency...more

Professor David M Clark


Professor Clark’s research focuses on cognitive approaches to anxiety disorders, and integrates experimental and clinical studies. This work has led to the development of new cognitive therapy programmes for a range of anxiety disorders, which have been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...more

Dr Sushrut Jadhav


Dr Jadhav is a street psychiatrist and clinician anthropologist in London, UK. His formal designation is Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Psychiatry, University College London; Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden Homeless Outreach Services & Islington Mental Health Rehabilitation Services & Lead Clinician, Cultural Consultation Service, Camden and Islington Community Health and Social Care Trust. He is founding Editor, Anthropology and Medicine journal (Taylor & Francis, UK)...more

Professor Nancy Nyquist Potter


Professor Potter is an expert in the field of philosophy and psychiatry and serves on the Executive Council of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Her current interests concern the relationship between voice, silencing, and uptake for patients living with mental illness...more

Professor Jennifer Radden


Jennifer Radden is a Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received degrees in philosophy and psychology at Melbourne University and holds a doctorate from Oxford. She has published extensively on mental health concepts, the history of medicine, and ethical and policy aspects of psychiatric theory and practice. Her books include Madness and Reason (1986), Divided Minds and Successive Selves: Ethical Issues in Disorders of Identity and Personality (1996), Moody Minds Distempered: Essays on Melancholy and Depression (2009), and The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Psychiatric Practice, co-authored with Dr John Sadler (2010), and On Delusion (2011), as well as two collections of which she was editor, The Nature of Melancholy (2000) and Oxford Companion to the Philosophy of Psychiatry (2004). Most recently, Melancholy Habits: Burton’s Anatomy for the Mind Sciences (Oxford University Press) was published in 2017.

Professor Matthew Ratcliffe


Professor Ratcliffe is Professor for Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Vienna, Austria. 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). 


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