Author Archives: Christian Perring

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.

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 — 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.

Psagacity (post by John Sadler)

John Z. Sadler, MD is Director of the Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine and Chief of the Division of Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Psagacity – “New media for new ideas in the philosophy of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and mental health”

Around 2010 I started conducting high-definition video interviews with key figures in the philosophy/psychiatry/mental health interdisciplinary field.  I was responding to the unexpected death of one of our AAPP founding fathers, Edwin R. “Ned” Wallace IV M.D., realizing that a generation of AAPP innovators had not been documented nor memorialized.  So I began what at the time was a video ‘oral history’ of the philosophy and psychiatry movement, here and in other countries.  I didn’t, and don’t, know much about oral histories, but a friend and historian colleague, Steve Inrig Ph.D., gave me some fundamentals.  When I began almost 5 years ago I didn’t have any destination in mind; I just wanted to get as many of these amazing people on video as I could.

Last year I mentored a psychiatry resident, Luke “Olllie” Mong D.O. for his senior resident research project.  Ollie had longstanding interest in film having been a film major in college, and in our conversations about his project I mentioned this oral history project which was ongoing but as-yet unfulfilled.  Ollie encouraged me and assisted me in developing the video-based website now called Psagacity, the name linking the psych- of psychiatry and psychology with the wisdom of philosophers and philosophy. The site is primarily intended as an online archive of these videos, as they are mostly longer than 45 minutes and likely to be of most interest to aficionados.  The site welcomes people to download, link, or embed these videos elsewhere, for free, as long as credit is given and their use is not profit-generating.

The site, is still a work in progress, with new videos being posted as quickly as I can pin down my subjects and edit the raw video into what you see on the site.  One side of the site features the videos, hosted by Vimeo, the other is a (largely-undeveloped as yet) blog site hosted by Word Press.  Visitors to the site should know that the videos (with the exception of a few videos of lectures from the 2008 INPP Philosophy and Psychiatry meeting in Dallas) are all in high-definition format; users should be aware that a fast, high-bandwidth video connection is required.  I would be delighted to see blog responses on this AAPP blog about ideas discussed on Psagacity!

John Z. Sadler, M.D.