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Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry


March 22 - March 23, 2025

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT


Open Topic, with a Special Symposium on Psychedelics

Conference Organizers:

  • Natalia Washington:

  • Brent Kious:

  • Zachary Schwartz:

Conference Description:

The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) aims to promote discussion between the fields of philosophy and psychiatry.

AAPP invites abstracts for presentation on any philosophical issues relevant to psychiatry, or any psychiatric issues or experiences that are relevant to philosophy. Our aims for this conference are to bring together thinkers from many disciplines who are interested in the philosophy of psychiatry, while providing a forum for the presentation of exciting work on both emerging and well-recognized issues in these overlapping domains. Accordingly, submissions may consider philosophical issues raised by psychiatric research and clinical practice, or the implications of findings in psychiatry for established psychiatric problems. We welcome abstracts representing any subdiscipline of philosophy, including Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Moral Theory, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Technology, Feminist Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, provided that they touch on questions in psychiatry.  Psychiatric themes could address any issue in psychiatric education, research, diagnosis, or mental health care, provided that they have clear philosophical implications or demonstrate the importance of philosophical theory in psychiatric work. 

Special Symposium on Psychedelics

While we will accept meritorious papers on any topic in the philosophy of psychiatry, we will host a special symposium related to philosophical issues in psychedelic research and treatment.  Psychedelic substances include classic 5-HT2A receptor agonists such as psilocybin, DMT (ayahuasca), mescaline, and LSD, and in some classifications such agents as MDMA and ketamine. There is clearly increasing interest in the use of psychedelics for the treatment of psychiatric illness and for other purposes, such as promoting personal growth, increasing creativity, or delivering spiritual insight.  Research into the clinical applications of psychedelics is burgeoning; many states are legalizing or considering the legalization of psychedelic compounds for different purposes; multiple companies are developing pathways for the commercialization of psychedelics; and non-clinical use of psychedelics in the population is increasing. While welcome in some respects, these phenomena raise deep issues in the philosophy of psychiatry, encompassing such diverse domains as:

  • the phenomenology of psychedelic experiences

  • the epistemological effects of psychedelics

  • the possibility of disentangling therapeutic benefit from psychedelic effects

  • issues of reparative justice and cultural appropriation with respect to communities’ traditional uses of psychedelics

  • whether the use of psychedelics should be medicalized

  • ethical guidelines for patient/participant screening

  • ethical guidelines for the use of therapeutic touch in psychedelic treatment

  • the importance of therapists’ personal experience with psychedelics

  • the effect of psychedelics on motivation

We will consider abstracts addressing any of these issues as well as other philosophical issues related to psychedelic use. 

Submission Instructions:

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review and saved as a PDF, should be sent to The submission will be confirmed by a returning email message.  Abstracts are due before 5pm Pacific Time on October 15, 2024. Notices of acceptance or rejection will be sent in January, 2025. Presentations will be strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.



2024 AAPP Annual Meeting

35th ANNUAL MEETING, May 6-7, 2024

Graduate Center, City University of New York

New York City

Co-sponsored and hosted by The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, Department of Philosophy

Keynote Speakers:
Helena Hansen, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Phoebe Friesen, Ph.D., McGill University


May 6: Open Topic

May 7: Placebos, Unconventional Interventions, and Therapeutic Effects:
The Roles of Context, Expectation, and Hope in Clinical Care

Conference co-chairs: G. Scott Waterman, M.D., M.A., Peter Zachar, Ph.D., and Phoebe Friesen, Ph.D.

Conference Programhere

Conference Abstractshere