Jaspers Award

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.


The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) announces a competition for residents and fellows in psychiatry, graduate students and post-doctoral students in philosophy, psychology, or related fields.

The Karl Jaspers Award is given for the best unpublished paper related to the subject of philosophy and psychiatry. 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, nosology and diagnostic issues,
epistemology, biopsychosocial integration, the philosophy of science, philosophical aspects of the history of psychiatry, psychodynamic, hermeneutic and phenomenological approaches, and psychiatric ethics.The Jaspers Award is announced at our AAPP Annual Meeting, held concurrently with the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting. In 2018, the meeting will be on the weekend of May 5-6, 2018 in Manhattan, New York. The prize carries a cash prize of $350 and recognition in AAPP publications.

 The deadline for entries is December 15, 2017.

  • Submissions should have a total word count of no more than 6000 words, including footnotes and bibliographies.
  • Each entry should include a word count.
  • Entrants should send their submission in PDF format.
  • Submissions should be ready for blind review, and should not contain the author’s name or other information what will make the author identifiable. There should be no versions of the paper searchable on the internet.
  • Entrants should 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 done 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.

Entries should be sent to Christian Perring (cperring@yahoo.com).


Some Previous Recipients: 

2016 jointly awarded to

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


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.


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