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The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) is dedicated to philosophical inquiry into psychiatric theory and practice. AAPP aims to enhance the effectiveness of teachers, researchers, practitioners, and others by illuminating philosophical issues related to psychiatry. AAPP also aims to consider the ways by which examination of psychiatric knowledge, theories, and practices can enrich and challenge basic philosophical assumptions about mind, knowledge, and subjectivity, among other objects of philosophical investigation.

The goals of AAPP are realized through:

  • Fostering research in the philosophical aspects of psychiatric theory and practice.
  • Identifying and supporting collaborative cross-disciplinary research teams in philosophy, psychiatry, and psychology and related fields.
  • Sponsoring educational courses, an annual meeting, international meetings, regional meetings with local chapters and symposia with other societies.
  • Sharing syllabi on courses relevant to philosophy and psychiatry.
  • Reaching a greater public audience and popularizing the interdisciplinary field through the use of new technologies.
  • Publishing in the area of philosophy and psychiatry.
  • Mentoring those who are new to the interdisciplinary field.
  • Providing consultation to graduate training programs.


Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP) is the official journal of the organization, published in conjunction with the Royal College of Psychiatrists Philosophy Group and The Johns Hopkins University Press.

AAPP is an energetic association, and we can promise you genuine collegiality, an opportunity to contribute and to learn, lively topics for consideration, and instructive and enjoyable meetings.

For more information about AAPP contact Christian Perring