Last chance to register for this conference, organised by Havi Carel (Bristol) and Robbie Duschinsky (Cambridge), which brings together philosophers, psychologists, and health professionals to explore epistemic failure and petrification. Against an idealised and de-contextualised image of human epistemology, the conference will examine the role of epistemic pathology and dysfunction in philosophy and social science. This role will be placed in a developmental and social perspective, drawing inspiration from the work of Peter Fonagy and colleagues.

In particular, we hope to examine whether dysfunction and pathology may play a larger role in philosophy than so far envisaged, by looking at several case studies in philosophy, and also consider what philosophical approaches and questions may offer psychological research and practice.

The conference will take place on 2-3 July at the University of Bristol Physics Building, room 3.34, Tyndall Avenue. Attendance is free and will include lunch and coffee on both days. There will be a number of £50 bursaries for students/unwaged wishing to attend the conference.

The program can be found on the Life of Breath website. To register and for further information please email Jordan Collver or ring 0117 331 0433.

The conference is part of the Life of Breath project generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.


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