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BJPS Book Review: Towards a Philosophical Approach to Psychiatry



Dominic Murphy and Alexander Pereira review the book Towards a Philosophical Approach to Psychiatry: The Writings of Kenneth Kendler, edited by Kenneth Kendler and Peter Zachar (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019) for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:


PPP (Vol. 28, issue 2): TOC


Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (vol. 28, iss. 2)

Table of Contents


Feature Article

The Guilt-Free Psychopath

Stewart Justman



Cleckley’s Psychopaths

John McMillan


Psychopathy and Lack of Guilt

Tom A. Widiger



Fresh Thinking

Stewart Justman


Feature Article

Validity of Data as Precondition for Evidence

A Methodological Analysis of What Is Taken to Count as Evidence in Psychotherapy Research

Femke Lara Truijens, Melissa Miléna De Smet, Mattias Desmet, & Reitske Meganck



PPP (Vol. 28, issue 1): TOC


Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (vol. 28, iss. 1)

Personal Recognition


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Philosophical Case Conference


A dialogue about the importance of recognition

Lorenzo Gilardi & Giovanni Stanghellini



From Diagnosis to Therapeutic Empathy

A Journey into Recognition

Francesca Brencio


Curing Psychiatry’s Schizophrenia

A Commentary in Values-based-PHD Mental Health Practice

KWM (Bill) Fulford


From the Dialectics of Recognition to Common Humanity


Tele-Psychiatry Ethics and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic presents unique challenges for patients with mental disorders, their care givers, mental healthcare professionals, and bioethicists. Professor John Z. Sadler and Professor Şerife Tekin engage in a productive exchange pertaining to ethical issues in psychiatric care in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In what follows you will read a psychiatric case shared by Professor Sadler based on his recent experience at his hospital and Professor Tekin’s reflections on the ethical issues involved in the case. It is important to note here that this exchange occurred on April 1

Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention, Volume 2

Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128167564, 9780128167571

A guest piece by Jennifer Radden, PhD, formerly of University of Massachusetts, Boston, related to Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention, Volume 2, edited by Kelso Crasley and Jennifer Radden (Elsevier, 2019)


Since the turn of the twenty-first century there’s been spectacularly fast-growing and multi-pronged recognition of the worldwide costs of mental ill-health – costs magnified because they can be seen in several different lights. Most immediately, they must be reckoned with if we think ethically. They raise urgent concerns

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Recent reviews of interest at Metapsychology has published some reviews relevant to philosophy and psychiatry.

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Review – Risk and Reasoning in Clinical Diagnosis
by Cym Anthony Ryle
Oxford University Press, 2019
Review by Douglas W. Heinrichs M.D.

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Review - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
by Richard Gipps, Michael Lacewing (editors)
Oxford University Press, 2019
Review by Sebastian Petzolt, DPhil

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Review – Delusions and Beliefs

New Psagacity interview with Prof. Jon Tsou

Check out the new Psagacity interview with Prof. Jon Tsou, associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University.

Prof. Tsou discusses numerous topics in philosophy of psychiatry, including addiction, the anti-psychiatry movement, and the intersection between philosophy of science and philosophy of psychiatry.

New members on AAPP Executive Council

The AAPP Executive Council has 2 new members! We are happy to welcome them.

Awais Aftab, MD works at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare. He was recently a winner of the Jaspers Award. He writes for Psychiatric Times and blogs at A Myth in Creation.

Phoebe Friesen, Ph.D. recently joined the Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill University. She recently held a postdoc at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford.