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Where are the Boundaries of Self and Other?
Pathologies on the frontiers of identity

With Dr Anita Avramides, Dr Richard Gipps, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Matthew Parrott, Dr Johannes Roessler, Laurie Slade and Professor Mary Target

Chairperson: Dr Edward Harcourt

Saturday 14 May 2016

In psychotherapy we think a great deal about interpersonal dynamics. But how are we to really understand the boundaries between self and other? What is the relationship between our knowledge of ourselves, our knowledge of others, and the knowledge others have of us? Is mindedness primarily individual or relational? And how can our approaches to these questions benefit from an understanding of pathology - of what happens when one person is opaque to another, or when boundaries between self and other get drawn in the wrong place, or not at all? These lines of questioning have a significant presence both in philosophy and in psychotherapy. But the two inquiries rarely have the opportunity to make contact with each other. This intensive one-day conference brings together prominent theoreticians from both disciplines to explore these and related questions, and to open up an interdisciplinary dialogue about the many-faceted relations between self and other and their pathologies.


Dr Anita Avramides
Dr Anita Avramides is Reader in Philosophy of Mind, University of Oxford Southover Manor Trust Fellow in Philosophy, St. Hilda’s College. Her latest work has concentrated on the question of our knowledge of other minds. She is looking to see if this is a well formed question. She hopes to tie this work in with issues concerned with knowledge of one’s own mind (again the question of whether it is correct to speak of knowledge here is relevant to her work). Her work on other minds has led her to look at the history of this issue. She also continues to maintain an interest in issues connected with Grice’s account of meaning. She is the author of the books Meaning and Mind: An Examination of a Gricean Account of Language, MIT Bradford Books; Other Minds , Routledge, Problems of Philosophy Series; Women of Ideas ( ed.), Duckworth. More >>

Dr Richard Gipps
Dr Richard Gipps is a clinical psychologist with a long-standing interest in psychoanalytic theory and practice, psychotherapy, psychosis and philosophical issues arising in the understanding of psychopathology – in particular the psychoses. He also has a PhD in philosophy and is an associate member of the University of Oxford faculty of philosophy. He is particularly interested in the ways in which a) psychological theories of psychosis cover over what is psychotic about psychosis – i.e. how they fail to theorise, and even disguise the need to theorise, the nature of internal mental breakdown and failures in reality contact; b) philosophical methods (in particular those associated with the later Wittgenstein) can be used to undo this covering over of psychosis by psychological theories; c) philosophical and psychoanalytical reflection can help us understand why this covering over occurs; d) phenomenology can be used to provide apt articulation of the nature of psychotic mental life. More >>

Professor Jeremy Holmes
Jeremy Holmes worked for 35 years as Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the NHS. He was Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. Now partially retired, he has a part-time private practice; set up and now teaches on the Masters/Doctoral psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and research programme at Exeter University, where he is visiting Professor; and lectures nationally and internationally. More >>

Dr Matthew Parrott
Dr Matthew Parrott studied philosophy at the University of Michigan before receiving a PhD in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining King's, he held an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford and was a Fellow of St. Catherine's College. More >>

Dr Johannes Roessler
Dr Johannes Roessler teaches at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick on issues in the philosophy of mind and action and epistemology. His two main interests are the role of perceptual experience in providing for perceptual knowledge, and the nature of self-knowledge. In both areas he is particularly interested in how we should think about the relation and interaction between the various ‘disciplines’ that have a stake in them: the philosophy of mind and epistemology; philosophy and psychology; common sense epistemology and philosophical epistemology. Related areas of interest include: intentional action and its explanation; causal understanding; the development of a ‘theory of mind’; knowledge of other minds; skepticism and transcendental arguments; understanding delusions; Kant. More >>

Laurie Slade
Laurie Slade is a UKCP registered analytical psychotherapist, in private practice in West London. He is a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists, the Confederation for Analytical Psychology, and the International Neuropsychoanalysis Association. He has a long-standing interest in working with dreams, and has led workshops in different contexts. More >>

Professor Mary Target
Mary Target PhD is Reader in Psychoanalysis at University College London (UCL) and Professional Director of the Anna Freud Centre. She is a Full Member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, and Course Organiser of UCL's Masters in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies and doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. More >>


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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

08.30 Social Dreaming Matrix
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
12:45 Lunch
15:45 Tea
17:00 End