Concepts of Mental Health


We are excited to announce that the 11th Annual British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Masterclass will explore the concepts of mental health and mental illness. This intensive two day workshop for 10 postgraduate students will be lead by Professor Bill Fulford (Oxford/Warwick) and Dr Hanna Pickard (Oxford) and will involve group-work, seminars, graduate presentations and presentations by experts followed by critical discussion. It will take place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2013. 


What is mental illness?

Most people will have an answer to this question that is based on  preconceived ideas about whether we can identify problems such as depression and schizophrenia purely on the basis of their symptoms, the extent to which mental illness can be explained in terms of neurobiological disorder, the nature of the self and the scope of personal responsibility. All of this shows that a range of philosophical ideas underpin common understanding of what mental illness is. In the masterclass we will be examining the assumptions and often false dichotomies which shape perceptions of mental illness, from the perceptions of those in the field of psychiatry to those found amongst other medical professionals and the non-medical public.


If you are interested in taking part in the masterclass please see Call for Participants