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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Emotions and Feelings in Psychiatric Illness Workshop

25th March 2009, 11:00 to 27th March 2009, 15:00, The Birley Room, Hatfield College

The aim of this project is to further enrich interdisciplinary emotion research by drawing on current work in psychiatry. A survey of the psychiatric literature suggests that pathologies of emotion play a significant role in numerous conditions. Work in psychiatry points to several roles for emotion and feeling that have been neglected by many philosophers and psychologists. It also has the potential to further illuminate roles that have been discussed, such as the contribution made by emotions to reasoning.

Since the 1970s, there has been a resurgence of interest in emotion amongst philosophers and psychologists. Interaction between the two disciplines has led to greater understanding of the emotions, and helped construct a conceptual repertoire that is at least partially shared. Nevertheless, there is still much to be said about the nature and roles of emotion, and many disagreements remain, especially concerning the relationship between emotion and ‘affect' or ‘feeling'.

The issues we will address at these workshops will be of interest not only to philosophers, psychiatrists, and psychologists, but also to researchers in allied disciplines, including neuroscience, anthropology and literature studies, and to a wider public.

Contact m.j.ratcliffe@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.