Jaspers Award

KARL JASPERS AWARD 2020

The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) announces a competition for students and trainees. Eligibility includes medical students, graduate students in philosophy, psychology and related fields, and residents and fellows in psychiatry.

The Karl Jaspers Award is given for the best paper related to the subject of philosophy and psychiatry. Entries cannot have been published, nor can they have been submitted or accepted for publication, prior to submission for this award. Resubmissions will not be accepted. Papers can have more than one author but all authors must be eligible for the award. Appropriate topics for the essay include, among others, the mind-body problem, psychiatric methodology, psychiatric nosology and diagnostic issues, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophical aspects of the history of psychiatry, psychodynamic, hermeneutic and phenomenological approaches, and psychiatric ethics. Winning submissions will be offered publication, following appropriate review and editing to meet journal guidelines, in the electronic version of Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology. The home universities or training programs of the award winners will be notified of the outcome. In addition, the winning entry will be announced at our AAPP Annual Meeting, held concurrently with the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting. In 2020, the meeting will be on the weekend of April 25 and 26 in Philadelphia. The award carries a cash prize of $350 and recognition in AAPP publications.

The deadline for submission of entries is December 15, 2019.

  • Submissions must be no more than 7500 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliographies.
  • Each entry must include a word count.
  • Entrants must send their submissions in PDF format.
  • Submissions must be ready for blind review and not contain the author’s name or other information what will make the author identifiable.
  • Entrants must also send separately an explanation of their current career status and eligibility to enter the competition. In cases where the work is part of a project undertaken with others, they should also add an explanation of the contributions of advisors or others to the work submitted. Submissions that do not meet the requirements will be rejected without being considered.

Please send submissions to Dr. G. Scott Waterman (Scott.Waterman@uvm.edu).


Some Previous Recipients: 

2019: Phoebe Friesen, post-doctoral fellow at the Ethox Centre of the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford. “Expanding Outcome Measures in Schizophrenia Research: Does RDoC Pose a Threat?” Forthcoming in Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology.

2018: Awais Aftab, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Cente,  “Social Misuse of Disorder Designation: Exploring Dysfunction and Harm-Based Conceptual Defenses.” Published in Psychiatric Times, May 8, 2019.

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

2017 Will Davies, University of Birmingham, UK, “Social Explanation in Psychiatry.”

2016 jointly awarded to

Sam Fellowes, University of Lancaster, UK. “RDoC should not always see symptoms as independent of psychiatric categories.”

and

Karen McCarthy, Emory University. “Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the Feeling of Being One’s Self.”

2015 Hane Maung,To What Do Diagnostic Terms Refer?’

2014 Elizabeth Pienkos, Psy.M. “Intersubjectivity and its role in schizophrenic experience.”

2011 Melissa Bui, M.D.  ‘Complexity within Psychiatry’

2010 Ben Lewis, M.D. “Adopting the Psychiatric Stance Mental Illness in Dennettian Context”

1995 David Brendel, M.D. “The Embodiment of the Mind from Hegel to Neurophysiology”

1993 Nassir Ghaemi, M.D. (and Godehard Oepen) “Mind-brain theories and their discontents”

1992 Mark Erikson, M.D. “Rethinking Oedipus: An Evolutionary Perspective.”

1991 jointly awarded to

Larry Davidson, M.D. later published as Davidson, L. & Strauss, J.S. “Beyond the biopsychosocial model: Integrating disorder, health and recovery.” Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 1995, 58: 44-55.

and

Dan J. Stein, M.D. “Philosophy and the DSM” Published in Comprehensive Psychiatry, Vol. 32, No. 5 (September/October), 1991: pp 404-415