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What does it mean to say that somebody is mentally ill? This is one of the many questions asked in the philosophy of psychiatry. Christine Lopes BA, MA, PhD (Philosophy), PGDip (RNMH), teaches Philosophy in different academic and non-academic settings, has a book on idealism and morality in the making, and a handful of publications. She is also the founder of the Later German Philosophy project (www.latergermanphilosophy.com). Her most recent academic work consisted in a series of seminars delivered in 2012 at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of London on Philosophy and Psychopathology. Dr Lopes’ main philosophical interest is in theories of mind whose arguments hinge primarily on the concept of rationality. Over time she developed an interest in the associated concept of impaired rationality, namely in its application to the field of mental health. Unable to reflect on the subject from the armchair alone, she embarked in 2011 in a state funded pathway leading to an MSc in Mental Health Nursing Studies at the University of Southampton, whose first two years, recently completed and leading to registration, comprised six placements in different psychiatric settings, in England within the National Health Service (NHS). The experience has given her a unique insight into forms of lived experience of mental illness, and a first-hand acquaintance with ethical and legal frameworks within which psychiatric treatment is delivered in England. She has recently accepted a job at a forensic psychiatric setting in the South of England, where she will be able to care for persons while furthering her philosophical commitment to a number of epistemic and ethical problems. She is the British Philosophy Association (BPA) representative for the South of England. She describes herself as a chronic, long-term critical Kantian.


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