Philosophy, Phenomenology and Psychiatry

Göteborg, November 15-16 2003

Ernst Josephson: Strömkarlen (The water sprite, 1884).

This conference will investigate issues of common interest to philosophers and psychiatrists, with a special emphasis on the phenomenological tradition in philosophy and its relevance for present-day psychiatry. It is arranged by the Swedish Association for Philosophy and Psychiatry (Svensk Förening för Filosofi och Psykiatri, SFFP) in cooperation with Nordic Network for Philosophy, Medicine and Mental Health
and the Department of Philosophy at Göteborg University, Sweden. It will take place from 1215 to 1825 and 900 to 1800, respectively, on the 15th and 16th of November 2003. The location will be the Faculty of Arts, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden ("Humanisten"; marked with H in the lower right corner of this map).

The conference consists of one single oral session with altogether 18 submitted presentations, plus two invited lectures and a poster session. The first invited speaker is Thomas Fuchs from Heidelberg, who is giving a keynote speech with the title "The Challenge of Neuroscience: Psychiatry and Phenomenology Today". The second invited speech will be given by Sten Levander (Malmö), whose paper will have the title "Actus reus and mens rea: What is an Act? What is Free Will? What is Moral Responsibility?"

The detailed programme can be found here.


The conference fee is SEK 600. Students pay half of this. The fee covers conference participation, the booklet with abstracts and a buffet lunch (Sunday). A dinner is planned for Saturday evening and costs an extra SEK 300. Swedish citizens, and EU citizens without a VAT registration number, add 25% VAT to the total. For registration, download the registration form, fill it in, and send it by fax or surface mail to the below address.


For a list of hotels (mainly budget alternatives) and hostels, go here.

Poster for advertisement

If you want to inform other people in your vicinity about the conference, you can download a poster. It is in colour and can be printed in A3 or A4 format. A black-and-white A4 print-out makes a nice flyer. You can also send for printed posters (colour, A3) from SFFP.


The e-mail address of the conference is The fax number is +46 31 773 4945, and the address for surface mail is:

SFFP, Department of Philosophy, Göteborg University, Box 200, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden.


Saturday, November 15th

1100 - 1200    Registration    

1215 - 1230    Opening speech: Helge Malmgren (Department of Philosophy, Göteborg University, Sweden)

Session 1.    Phenomenology and Psychiatry: Historical Aspects

1230 - 1255    Bengt-Arne Roos (Psychiatrical Clinic, University Hospital, Lund University, Sweden
    Karl Jaspers and the Return of Phenomenology

1255 - 1320    Arlette Joli (Michel de Montaigne College & Charles Perrens Psychiatric Hospital, Bordeaux, France)
    Psychotic Experience and Philosophy: The Turn of Contemporary Phenomenological Philosophy

1320 - 1405    Coffee break with sandwich

1405 - 1430    Francois Sauvagnat (University of Rennes, France)
    A Few Consequences of Roman Ingarden’s Phenomenology to Psychopatological Research, Especially Attachment Theory

1430 - 1525    Keynote speech: Thomas Fuchs (Psychiatric University Clinic, Heidelberg, Germany)
    The Challenge of Neuroscience: Psychiatry and Phenomenology Today

Session 2.     Clinical Phenomenology and Integrative Perspectives

1525 - 1550    Alfred Kraus (Psychiatric University Clinic, Heidelberg, Germany)
    Schizophrenic Delusion and Hallucination as Existential Disturbance

1550 - 1615    Nancy Nyquist Potter (Department of Philosophy, University of Louisville, USA)
    What’s Wrong with Being Manipulative? Phenomenology and Analysis of Manipulativity in Clinical Settings

1615 - 1640    Inger Berndtsson (Department of Education, Göteborg University, Sweden)
    The Onset of Blindness as a Break in Life: A Life-world Approach

1640 - 1710    Coffee break

1710 - 1735    Fredrik Svenaeus (Department of Health and Society, University of Linköping, Sweden)
    The Phenomenology versus Pathology of Anxiety and Boredom

1735 - 1800    Maryellen Leann Dodd & Daniel A. Drubach (Department of Psychiatry and Psychology; Dept. of Neurology and Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA)
    Brain Plasticity and Its Role in Psychiatric Disorders

Sunday, November 16th

Session 3:    Phenomenology and the Body

0900 - 0925    Martin Wyllie (Aberdeen University, Scotland)
    Merleau-Ponty’s ‘Body-Subject’, the Cartesian Corpse, the Medical Model and Psychiatry

0925 - 0950    Alexandre Billon (CREA, Paris, France)
    What It’s Like to Know How

0950 - 1030    Coffee break

Session 4:    Autonomy, Ethics and Psychiatry

1030 - 1125    Keynote speech: Sten Levander (Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Lund University, Sweden)
    Actus reus and mens rea: What is an Act? What is Free Will? What is Moral Responsibility?

1125 - 1150    Ingemar Engström (Psychiatric Research Centre, Örebro, Sweden)
    Coercive Treatment of Children and Adolescents – Reasons, Rules and Roles

1150 - 1215    Pontus Höglund (Dept. of Medical Ethics, Lund, Sweden)
    Moral Competence and Forensic Psychiatry

1215 - 1240    Niklas Juth (Department of Philosophy, Göteborg University, Sweden)
    Autonomy as a Positive Value – Some Conceptual Prerequisites

1240 - 1330    Lunch

1330 - 1430    Poster session (see below)

Session 5:    Personality Development and Autism

1430 - 1455     Henrik Söderström (Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Göteborg University, Sweden)
    Awareness of Self and Others in Autism Spectrum Disorders and in Personality Development

1455 - 1520    Daniel D. Hutto (University of Hertfordshire, England)
    The Narratives of Folk Psychology and the Case of Autism

1520 - 1600    Coffee break

Session 6:    Methodological Issues in Research and Clinical Practice

1600 -  1625    Karin Dahlberg & Helena Dahlberg (Växjö University and Dept. of Philosophy, Göteborg University, Sweden)
    The Art of Understanding Patients as the Art of not Making Definite what is Indefinite

1625 - 1650    Enric J. Novella & María Barberá (Servei de Psiquiatria, Hospital Clínic Universitari, València, Spain)
    Phenomenology and Qualitative Research

1650 - 1715    Gudrun Olsson (Institute for Communication, Ålborg University, Denmark)
    Good Psychotherapeutic Practice from a Narrative Point of View

1715 - 1800    General discussion and finishing remarks

Poster Session

Jan Bergström (Psychiatric Centre, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden)
The Danger of Words to Psychology – Maurice O’Connor Drury and the Heritage from Wittgenstein

Bengt Brülde & Filip Radovic (Department of Philosophy, Göteborg University, Sweden)
The Concept of Mental Disorder

Daniil Dorofeev (Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications, Russia)
Connections between Existential Phenomenology and Phenomenological Psychiatry in the Conception ‘Being-in-World’ of L. Binswanger

Johan Eriksson (Subrosa, Haninge, Sweden)
Four Raisons d’Etre of a Hypothetical-Deductive Theory of Integrating Phenomenology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Kent Gustavsson (Department of Philosophy, Göteborg University, Sweden)
Varieties of the Unconscious

Patrik Kjaersdam Telléus (Center for Philosophy and Theory of Science, Aalborg University, Denmark)
A Saint in the City

Helge Malmgren (Department of Philosophy, Göteborg University, Sweden)
Time Consciousness and the Body Schema

Metod Saniga (Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia) and Rosolino Buccheri (Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica del CNR, Palermo, Italy)
The Psychopathological Fabric of Time: Its Phenomenology and Geometry

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