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Philosophical Perspectives on Personality Disorder

Friday 25th June at the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford

Personality disorder is prevalent and disabling: research suggests it affects 10-13% of the population, and is associated with social exclusion, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, and crime, together with feelings of isolation, rejection, and intense pain and distress. It is also stigmatizing: people with personality disorder are notoriously difficult to treat, and place heavy demands on social, medical, legal and forensic services. The aim of this workshop is to integrate philosophical, psychiatric, and legal thinking about the nature of personality disorder. Is it rightly conceived of as an illness or psychiatric condition? To what extent do people with personality disorder have the capacity to take rational decisions? To what extent can they appropriately be held responsible for their behaviour? And how can they best be helped?


Prof Louis Charland, University of Western Ontario
Prof Tony Hope, University of Oxford
Dr Steve Pearce, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust
Prof Jill Peay, London School of Economics
Dr Hanna Pickard, University of Oxford and Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust
Prof Nancy Potter, University of Louisville
Prof Peter Zachar, Auburn University

This workshop is is organized by Prof Bill Fulford and Dr Hanna Pickard and funded by All Souls College, the Laces Trust, and the Oxford Philosophy Faculty, in association with St Cross College and the WPA.

Programme (PDF)


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