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: https://philevents.org/event/show/40218

If you’re able to travel to Birmingham and would like to attend, email your RSVP to: mattking@uab.edu and joshmay@uab.edu. 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.