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Institute of Advanced Study

Emotions and Feelings in Psychiatric Illness Workshop

Supported by an AHRC Network Grant and by the Durham Institute of Advanced Study

25-27 March 2009 & 24-26 March 2010

The Birley Room, Hatfield College

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 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.

Psychiatry will similarly benefit from interaction with philosophers and psychologists. Although various important roles are ascribed to emotion, there is a lack of clarity in the psychiatric literature as to what emotions actually are. Hence the analytic tools, concepts, methods and empirical data accumulated by philosophers and psychologists are a valuable resource for conceptual clarification and refinement of empirical claims in psychiatry.

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.

Workshop 1: The Nature of Emotions and Feelings: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology

From 11.00 am on Wednesday 25 March to 3.00 pm on Friday 27 March 2009

Confirmed speakers:

  • Matthew Broome
  • Giovanna Colombetti
  • Rachel Cooper
  • Hugo Critchley
  • Bill Fulford
  • Peter Goldie
  • Jessica Hobson
  • Peter Hobson
  • Daniel Hutto
  • Matthew Ratcliffe
  • Louis Sass
  • Tim Thornton

Workshop 2: The Roles of Emotion in Psychiatric Illness

From 11.00 am on Wednesday 24 March to 3.00 pm on Friday 26 March 2010

Confirmed speakers:

  • Anthony Atkinson
  • James Blair
  • Lisa Bortolotti
  • Matthew Broome
  • Rachel Cooper
  • Shaun Gallagher
  • Ann Kring
  • Mary Phillips
  • Jan Slaby
  • Achim Stephan
  • Garry Young

The workshops are free and open to all University staff and visiting scholars. For more information please contact Dr Matthew Ratcliffe or Dr Anthony Atkinson