“The Maudsley Hospital is much to be admired for its blend of clinical and conceptual research.”

- Mary Warnock, House of Lords

“This is a class with a difference…”

- The New York Times

The Maudsley Philosophy Group (MPG) provides a unique space in which understandings of mental illness are questioned, challenged and explored.

The MPG is a registered charity whose main aim is to raise public awareness of, and engagement with, fundamental questions arising in the practice of psychiatry. Launched in 2002 the MPG is rooted in the tradition of multi-disciplinary clinical and conceptual work which lay at the heart of the original Maudsley Hospital. This broad ‘Maudsley ethos’ needs to be carefully nurtured to ensure that the human person remains central to understandings of mental health and illness.

We work to fulfil this aim by inviting leading thinkers to the Maudsley to engage in expert analysis and rigorous discussion of key beliefs and concepts. The MPG has become an internationally and locally valued part of the Maudsley brand.


 

Maudsley Philosophy Group is primarily

concerned with three interconnected strands of theory.

 

Phenomenology, or ‘the phenomenological movement’, is a philosophical tradition with origins in Europe in the 19th century. It is primarily interested in the human experience of time, body, self, emotion, etc. and has had a wide influence across the sciences, arts and humanities which continues to this day.

Phenomenology

Phenomenology, or ‘the phenomenological movement’, is a philosophical tradition with origins in Europe in the 19th century. It is primarily interested in the human experience of time, body, self, emotion, etc. and has had a wide influence across the sciences, arts and humanities which continues to this day.

There is a growing body of opinion that the exercise of power can distort thinking and create personality changes in leaders that affect their decision making. Lord David Owen founded the Daedalus Trust to raise awareness of such changes and the MPG now continues this interest.

Power and Personality

There is a growing body of opinion that the exercise of power can distort thinking and create personality changes in leaders that affect their decision making. Lord David Owen founded the Daedalus Trust to raise awareness of such changes and the MPG now continues this interest.

Models of Mind

Models of Mind describes the main categories which shape psychiatrists' approach to and understanding of mental disorders. Clinically influential models include biological, psychodynamic, and cognitive, but there are many other influential models such as the social constructionist model or religious accounts of mental distress.

Models of Mind describes the main categories which shape psychiatrists' approach to and understanding of mental disorders. Clinically influential models include biological, psychodynamic, and cognitive, but there are many other influential models such as the social constructionist model or religious accounts of mental distress.

Prof Hugh Bowden. Credit: Tom Prater / Maudsley Philosophy Group.

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