Philosophy of Medicine workshop: Bodies & Minds

On Friday 19th October, the Centre for the Humanities and Health and the Department of Philosophy at King’s College London will be holding a one-day workshop entitled ‘Bodies and Minds’ . This workshop will bring together a group of philosophers and physicians/health care workers small enough to facilitate constructive and lively group discussion on the topic.

The aims of this workshop are
•       to generate real cross-disciplinary interchange between medical scientists/professionals and philosophers
•       to increase understanding of the key issues in discussions on bodies and minds in medicine and philosophy.

The program is copied below.

The workshop is the fourth in a series, reports on and programs of earlier workshops can be accessed on this website:

There are a very few places are left for this conference. Please contact Julia Howse ( if you would like to attend.

One-day Workshop on Bodies and Minds in Medicine

Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London

Friday 19th October 2012


09:10 – 09:30                        Arrivals, Reception; Tea & Coffee

09:30 – 09:45                        Opening Remarks (Dr Elselijn Kingma and Professor David Papineau)

 09:45 – 11:00  – Block 1: Mental, Physical and Psychosomatic Disorder

Speakers   (09:45-10:15)

Professor Peter White, Professor of Psychological Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University London

Dr Natalie Banner, Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow, King’s College London

Discussion (10:15-11:00)

11:00 – 11:15                        Break: Tea & Coffee

11:15 – 12:30 – Block 2: Pleasure and Pain

Speakers      (11:15-11:30)

Dr Mick Thacker, King’s College London


Dr Nicholas Shea, Reader in Philosophy, King’s College London

Discussion (11:45-12:30)

12:30-13:30              Break: Lunch

13:30  – 14:45 – Block 3: Consciousness of our Bodies

Speakers      (13:30 -14:00)

Dr Manos Tsakiris, Reader in Neuropsychology, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Lucy O’Brien, Reader, University College London

 Discussion   (14:00-14:45)

14:45 – 15:00                        Break: Tea & Coffee

15:00- 16:15 – Block 4: Addiction

 Speakers      (15:00-15:30)

Professor David Nutt, Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Director of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London

Dr Maria Alvarez, Reader in Philosophy, King’s College London

Discussion   (15:30-16:15)

16:15 – 17:00 – Closing remarks (Professor MM McCabe)

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