Minds, Models and Mechanisms:
Current Trends in Philosophy of Psychiatry

preliminary program

Day 1, April 20th: Models of What, Precisely?

The main focus of the first day will be to clarify the matter at hand in the interdisciplinary group. The first keynote and two contributed talks will tackle the questions of what mental disorder models are, how to conceptualize “disease” or “disorder” to begin with, and to what extent mental disorders are brain disorders.

12:30         Registration & Welcome

13:00         Lena Kästner (Philosophy, Saarbrücken)
                   Finding NeMos: What’s the Deal with Network Models?

14:00         Coffee

14:30         Serife Tekin (Philosophy, San Antonio, Texas)
                   Conceptual Engineering in Psychiatry: Mental illness Naturalized

15:30          TBA

16:15         Coffee

17:00         Henrik Walter (Psychiatric Neuroscience and Neurophilosophy, Berlin)
                   Mental Disorders vs. Brain Disorders

Day 2, April 21st:  From Modelling to Diagnosing and Treating

On the second day, we shall focus on questions surrounding the construction and implications of mental disorder models. We will examine the contribution of recent network models in the context of psychopathology research, to what extent these are causal models, how to capture and assess the significance of clinical interventions (Michael), and how constructing general models of psychopathology squares with personalized treatment.

 09:00         Linda Douw (Neuroscience and Graph Theory, Amsterdam)
                    TOPIC: Network Neuroscience in Lesional Brain Disease

10:00          TBA

10:45          Coffee

11:30          Talk: Tanja Michael (Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Saarbrücken)
                    Interventions in Post-Traumatic Stress-Disorder

12:30          Lunch

14:00          Talk: Roberta Cubisino (Philosophy and Neuroscience, Saarbrücken)
                    General Models vs. Personalized Medicine

15:00           Jackie Sullivan (Philosophy and Neuroscience, Western University, Ontario)
                    Translation Challenges: Moving from Bench to Bedside

16:00          Coffee

16:30           Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (Philosophy, Bern)
                     Models and Causal Models

17:30           Roundtable Discussion

20:00           Conference Dinner (Tomate)

Day 3, April 22nd: Computational Models and the Plurality of Clinical Practice

The final day continues the interdisciplinary discussion in focusing on how to bring computational modelling of mental disorders together with clinical practice. On the one hand, we examine the potential of computational psychiatry for theory, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders. On the other, we examine the plurality of clinical reality and what this will demand of future modelling approaches.

09:00        Peter Dayan (Computational Neuroscience, MPI Tübingen)
                  Computational Psychiatry

10:00        TBA

10:45         Coffee

11:30         Josephine Lenssen (Clinical Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Zwolle)
                  Mosaic Models and Clinical Reality

12:30         General Discussion

13:00         Closing and Farewell