Psychiatry Beyond Scientism, January 22-24, 2015

Psychiatry Beyond Scientism, January 22-24, 2015
Abraham Kuyper Center, VU Amsterdam

This international three-day conference investigates the role and nature of knowledge in psychiatry, both as a scientific discipline and as a professional practice. It aims to create a platform for an in-depth philosophical discussion on different forms of theoretical knowledge (e.g. statistical, molecular, genetic, psychological, social) and their interrelatedness, what happens when these forms of knowledge are applied in psychiatric practice, and how they are translated to and received by the general public.

In general terms, scientism is the claim that only science can provide us with knowledge about ourselves and the world around us. In the context ofpsychiatry, this manifests itself most clearly in the tension between theoretical knowledge acquired in a scientific setting and practical knowledge applied to the concrete cases in the consultation room. The aim of the conference is to investigate this tension, and explore how scientific knowledge can be integrated with other sources of knowledge, such as practical understanding, expertise, experience, intuition and wisdom.

Confirmed speakers:

  • John Campbell (UC Berkeley)
  • Bill Fulford (University of Oxford)
  • John Sadler (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
  • Mona Gupta (Université de Montréal)
  • Marc Lewis (Radboud University)
  • Gerrit Glas (VU University/Dimence)
  • Erik Rietveld (University of Amsterdam)
  • Denny Borsboom (University of Amsterdam)
  • Gerben Meynen (Tilburg University)
  • Leon de Bruin (VU University/Radboud University)
  • Derek Strijbos (Radboud University)