Can Philosophy Help Psychiatric Patients?

A workshop to be held in Newcastle on 2nd June 2018.  In recent times the concept of mind has been at the centre of philosophical reflection. It is widely recognised, despite active and turbulent controversies, that we are working towards a non-reductive, yet non-dualist account of psychological states and capacities that locates the mind in the social and interpersonal world. Could philosophical debates about mind which have become abstract and abstruse be deepened by contributions from those who have studied the human mind under stress? Can philosophy have a therapeutic value? Can it help those who not only find their situation difficult but find themselves difficult? Could philosophical reflection encourage a view of ourselves and others which contributes to happiness and health?

This day of talks and discussions will ask whether philosophy has anything to offer to the theory and practice of psychiatry and whether psychiatry can enrich philosophical inquiries. As titles of their talks, our contributors have chosen Understanding Repeated Self-Injury, Troubled Selves, A common unfeeling language

Saturday June 2nd 2018,

10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Commercial Union House

39 Pilgrim Street,  Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6RQ

If you would like to join us please enrol by contacting Michael Bavidge, 6 Craghall Dene Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1QR,

Fee: £15 payable on the day



Dr Iain Cameron

MB, ChB Edinburgh 1969, FRC of Psych, Diploma in Psychotherapy

Iain worked abroad for 3 years as a GP with Native Americans, Australian problem alcohol users and Bangladeshis, before taking up a position as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Working Age Adult Psychiatry in Sunderland. He specialises in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction and has a particular interest in the work of Donald Winnicott.


Michael Bavidge, PSE President

Michael was a lecturer in Philosophy at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Newcastle University. He is Chair of the Philosophical Society of England. His special interest is the philosophy of mind – human (adult and child) and brute. He has contributed to conferences of the British Pain Society.


Dr. Alistair Stewart

Consultant Psychiatrist

Alistair a graduate of Manchester Medical School, Prestwich Hospital, spent 25 years as a consultant in general adult psychiatry at Oldham and is currently a sceptical early interventionist in Bury. He is President of the Section of Psychiatry of the Manchester Medical Society His interests are epidemiology, descriptive psychopathology, history of psychiatry, and especially the intersections of philosophy and psychiatry.


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