Author Archives: Christian Perring

Karl Jaspers Award 2018

We are happy to announce that the winner of the 2018 AAPP Karl Jaspers Award is

Awais Aftab, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Cente, for his paper “Social Misuse of Disorder Designation: Exploring Dysfunction and Harm-Based Conceptual Defenses.”

Honorable mention also goes to Stephen Gadsby, Department of Philosophy, Monash University, for his submission, “Anorexia Nervosa, Delusional Beliefs and Overvalued Ideas.”

The AAPP Jaspers Committee

Workship on Responsibility and Mental Disorder

Guest post from Josh May

Do people deserve less blame (or praise) for actions that arise from their mental disorder? A workshop on such issues will be held on March 23 and 24 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, organized by Matt King and Josh May.

While there is some work that touches on the significance of mental illness to responsibility, and a few extended treatments of particular disorders, this only scratches the surface. Most of the research has been on the appropriateness of blame for individuals with psychopathy or those grappling with addiction, which excludes a wide variety of other rather different psychopathologies. This workshop seeks to expand the conversation and push the research in new directions.

Nomy Arpaly (Brown University)
Justin Clarke-Doane (Columbia University)
Anneli Jefferson (King’s College London)
Lauren Olin (University of Missouri, St. Louis)
David Shoemaker (Tulane University)
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)
Chandra Sekhar Sripada (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Kathryn Tabb (Columbia University)
Natalia Washington (Washington University in St. Louis)

More details are available here:

If you’re able to travel to Birmingham and would like to attend, email your RSVP to: and There’s no registration fee.

Karl Jaspers Award 2017

We are happy to announce that the winner of the 2017 AAPP Karl Jaspers Award is

Will Davies, for his paper “Social Explanation in Psychiatry.”

The paper was submitted when Davies was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is now a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham.

The paper is available on his website.

New philosophy/psychiatry videos on

Last week’s  AAPP annual meeting brought two new additions to the PSAGACITY online video site.  The first was Professor John Russon’s lecture on phenomenological understanding of agency and the structure of intersubjectivity.  Professor Russon is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph.  This posting is the first for the annual Edwin R. Wallace Lecture in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis; we hope to post more of these in the coming years.

Dr. Jennifer Hansen’s interview was also recorded and posted recently.  Dr. Hansen is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean at Saint Lawrence University.  Her video, one of many constituting the Philosophy of Psychiatry Oral History series on Psagacity, discusses her development as a young philosopher before discussing in some detail her ideas on women and depression, gender and psychopharmacology, and pragmatism and hope.  She speaks in a very engaging and personal style; I’ve already encouraged several of our trainees to check out this video.

 You can view all at  .

 — John Z Sadler MD

2015 Annual AAPP Conference (Guest post by Jennifer Hansen)

Please consider submitting your abstract to the 27th annual AAPP meeting in Toronto this May.  This year Robyn Bluhm and I (Jennifer Hansen) chose to break with tradition and hold an “open theme” conference, hoping to elicit abstracts from newer scholars to the field of philosophy of psychiatry so that we might discover what new, exciting lines of thought are out there.  The AAPP conference is an ideal setting for scholars seeking constructive feedback on their work because sessions are small enough to enable good discussion.  Presenters will also be able to network and get valuable support from with a variety of scholars writing in the philosophy of psychiatry field; I can attest to how much my own scholarship has benefitted from being involved with AAPP.  The deadline is fast approaching—Wednesday, October 15th.  We are eager to read your proposals.

Jennifer Hansen

Official CFA with instructions for submission is here.