Philosophical Psychopathology Today Giovanni Stanghellini (Professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychotherapy,Chieti University) Matthew Broome (Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford)
Empathy and Psychology Anita Avramides(Reader in Philosophy of Mind, University of Oxford) Jonathan Cole(Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) Dan Zahavi (Professor of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen)
Trauma Sarah Majid(Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust) Derek Bolton(Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology, King’s College London)
Depression / Bipolar Disorder Stephen McHugh(Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford) Benedict Smith(Lecturer in Philosophy, Durham University)
Epistemic Injustice and Psychiatry Abdi Sanati (Consultant Psychiatrist, North East London NHS Foundation Trust) Elianna Fetterolf(Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford)
"The German philosopher Ernst Cassirer has defined man as an animal symbolicum. For, unique among living beings, “he has so enveloped himself in linguistic forms, in artistic images, in mythical symbols or religious rites that he cannot see or know anything except by the interposition of this artificial medium.” In this sense, to say that things are meaningful to us means that they give significance to our existence. A teacup is not only a tool but also material memory, life coagulated into a form and an object. As the Colombian philosopher Nicolás Gómez Dávila poetically has it, “Soul is what grows on things when they last”. Very true, when they last for us who are symbolic animals and “grasp” things through our meanings."
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