CfA: Summer School Vienna: Philosophy and Psychiatry (July 1-12, 2019; Application Deadline: February 15, 2019)

Submitted by Martin Kusch (University of Vienna).


Call For Application (Deadline: February 15, 2019)


Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) July 1–12, 2019

The Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions (USS-SWC) – until 2014 under the label “Vienna International Summer University” – will be held from July 1 to 12, 2019. The topic of the two-week course is „Philosophy and Psychiatry “ The main lecturers are Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University), Dominic Murphy(The University of Sydney) and Tim Thornton ( University of Central Lancashire ).

As an international interdisciplinary program, USS SWC brings graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through crossdisciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in science.

The topic of the two-week course is „ Philosophy and Psychiatry “:

By its very nature, psychiatry – the medical specialism devoted to mental healthcare – raises as many conceptual as empirical questions. The philosophy of psychiatry is a rapidly emerging field which draws broadly on philosophical traditions – centrally analytic philosophy and phenomenology – to address a range of questions as broad as the demands made on psychiatry to address problems of human suffering, distress and disorder. It is also an area where philosophical methods, accounts and theories can be applied to and thus tested against psychiatric and psychopathological phenomena. But at its heart lies the question of whether, since psychiatry sees itself as part of medicine, the medical conceptualisation of illness and disease can be articulated in such a way that it properly applies to the distinct ‘problems of living’ that psychiatry addresses in response to the crisis of legitimacy often raised. This summer school will address a number key questions which impact on mental health care.

Application form and further information:


The Main Lecturers:

Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University)

Dominic Murphy (The University of Sydney)

Tim Thornton ( University of Central Lancashire )

Guest lecturer:

Raffaella Campaner (Università di Bologna)


USS-SWC operates under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. Its members represent the scientific fields in the scope of USS-SWC, make contact to their home universities and will also support acknowledgement of courses taken by the students. USS-SWC is organised every year by the Institute Vienna Circle of the University of Vienna.



Venue: Kapelle, Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Campus der Universität Wien, Entrance 2.8

Time: Monday, July 1, 2019, 9 a.m.


Further Information

Since 2010 USS-SWC is a part of the curriculum of the doctoral programme “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts”

There is an exchange programme with Duke University (North Carolina):


For further inquiries, please send email to or consult the IVC’s Web site




Robert Kaller

Institute Vienna Circle

Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 1, 1090 Wien

Tel. +43-1-4277-46504


Scientific director:

Prof. Martin Kusch

Department of Philosophy

University of Vienna


Wiener Kreis Gesellschaft/Vienna Circle Society

Universitätscampus, Hof 1

Spitalgasse 2-4

A-1090 Wien, Austria

Tel:  +43-1-4277 46504

Fax: +43-1-4277 9465