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Philosophy of psychiatry – work in progress day – 31st May

This workshop is free to attend, but please register by emailing

County Main Seminar Room 5 , Lancaster University.

There’s a lot of building work on campus at the moment. I’ll email attendees shortly before the workshop to confirm the room and how to get to it!

Campus map
Details of how to travel to campus

11-11.30 Hane Maung (Manchester) – Is suicide a psychiatric problem?
11.30-12 Phoebe Friesen (Oxford) – Distancing medically assisted dying and suicide: Is it justified?
12-12.30 Edmund O’Toole (National University of Ireland, Galway) – Hermeneutics, the biopsychosocial approach & prototype analysis.
12.30-1 Moujan Mirdamadi (Lancaster) Making sense of cultural variation in experiences of depression
1-2 Lunch
2-2.30 Richard Hassall (Sheffield) – What does a psychiatric diagnosis mean for those who are given a diagnosis?
2.30-3 Sam Fellowes (Lancaster) – Using perspectivism to counter discontinuity arguments over psychiatric diagnosis
3-3.30 George Turner (Lancaster) Self-esteem and mental illness – the historical connection
3.30-3.45 break
3.45-4.15Alexander Miller Tate (Birmingham) Explaining agential pathology in clinical depression.
4.15-4.45 Rachel Cooper (Lancaster) – Puzzles in psychiatric classification

To be followed by beer and food in town.