As a method for thinking how things are present to us, independently of their reality, phenomenology has always been an ally to psychiatry, as a framework for understanding or defining abnormal mental experiences and pathologies. In the past, the work of authors such as Karl Jaspers, Eugène Minkowski and Ludwig Binswanger provided the very foundations of the discipline in Europe. In recent years, the phenomenological approach to psychopathology has regained centre stage in philosophy and in scientific psychiatric research both in Europe and the Anglo-American community, for it provides an alternative to, or a complement for, physicalist and third-person perspective accounts of mental disorders. Contemporary research topics in phenomenological psychiatry include accounts of specific conditions, such as schizophrenia, or depression, alongside with framework issues such as the role of the embodied dimensions of experience, the relation between first-person perspectives and neuroscientific evidence, and the adequacy of current nosologies.
On the occasion of the appearance of the Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology (upcoming June 2019), the school will open with a special section,
“The State of the Art: Philosophy and Psychiatry. The Oxford Handbooks”
that will feature, as invited speakers, K.W.M. Fulford (University of Oxford, Founder Editor of the book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry) and G. Stanghellini (G. D’Annunzio University of Chieti, Chief Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology).
The School will also feature three further sections, covering three broad research areas connected with the main theme. For each of them, a leading philosopher of psychiatry will introduce the discussion with a keynote lecture, and we invite submission of contributed papers.
Past editions of SRSSP:
More information about previous editions of the School, can be found at: http://www.phenomenologylab.eu
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