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THE MAUDSLEY PHILOSOPHY GROUP and THE DAEDALUS TRUST

In October 2017 The Maudsley Philosophy Group (MPG) added a new dedicated strand of interest to sit alongside its existing special themes of ‘Phenomenology’, ‘Models of Mind’ and ‘Psychoanalysis’. The new strand will be called ‘Power and Personality’.
These four themes will not limit the Group’s wide range of other concerns, but each will be the subject of regular seminars, conferences and other such events.
 
BACKGROUND
 
The theme of ‘Power and Personality’ has hitherto been the particular focus of the Daedalus Trust, a registered charity founded by Lord David Owen in 2011. The Daedalus trustees recently decided to wind up the Trust and transfer its administration to MPG.
 
The Daedalus Trust’s mission was to raise awareness of hubris and Hubris Syndrome in public and business life, and to generate financial support to seed-fund multi-disciplinary research projects. The Trust pursued its mission in a variety of ways that included:
 
    A website that is both a central repository of knowledge on the subject, and the hub of a growing international community that shares an interest in, and concern about hubris. The website will continue at www.daedalustrust.com
 
    Annual conferences bringing together leading speakers to discuss hubris from medical, business and interdisciplinary perspectives.
 
    Regular Research Cafés have been held on issues surrounding hubris with a view to identifying worthwhile areas of research.  In particular Surrey Business School are currently engaged in developing an ‘Anti-Hubris toolkit’.
 
    Several grants have been made to enable interdisciplinary research and scholarship relating to hubris, the outcomes of which are starting to be published in peer-reviewed journals.
 
All these events and services are designed to help boards, directors, managers, recruiters, academics, business thinkers and journalists identify, mitigate or manage the catastrophic effects hubris can have. The Maudsley Philosophy Group will continue to promote these aims alongside its wider philosophical interests.
 

  News & Events

Hubristic leadership: Understanding the causes and mitigating the effects - November 29th 2017

Seminar to the Maudsley Philosophy Group, November 29th 2017 Dr Graham Robinson and Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith Surrey Business School, University of Surrey Hubris is a dangerous cocktail of over-confidence, over-ambition, arrogance and pride which may be fuelled by the acquisition of significant power and the achievement of prior success. When allied to contempt for the advice and criticism of others hubris may cause leaders to over-reach themselves significantly. As a result, hubristic leaders take high-risk and reckless decisions that can result in harmful, sometimes catastrophic, consequences for themselves, organizations, institutions, and wider society (Owen, 2006, 2012; Picone, Dagnino and Mina, 2014; Robinson, 2016; Sadler-Smith, 2016). In this seminar we aim to do three things: (1) review and critically appraise the neurological/psychiatric perspective on hubris (Owen and Davidson, 2009); (2) on the basis that understanding the ‘pathology’ of the individual hubristic leader is necessary but insufficient, we frame hubristic leadership as a form of destructive leadership ((Einarsen et al., 2007) within a broader nexus of hubristic leader, susceptible followers and conducive environment (Padilla, et al, 2007); (3) discuss some possible measures that might be taken to alleviate the risks and hazards associated with hubristic leadership in business organizations.

Witchcraft and Psychosis - Dr Quinton Deeley -Thursday 8 March 2018

Dr Deeley is Senior Lecturer in Developmental Neuropsychiatry at King's and his clinical work specialises in autism, ADHD and brain injuries as well as mental disorders ranging from depression to psychosis. He read Theology at the University of Cambridge, then completed medical training at Guy's and St.Thomas' Hospitals, and psychiatric training at the Maudsley. His research, in the field of developmental psychiatry, explores the relations between mind, brain and culture. Dr Deeley has recently become a trustee of the Maudsley Philosophy Group.

Awards

KARL JASPERS AWARD 2018

The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) announces a competition for residents and fellows in psychiatry, graduate students and post-doctoral students in philosophy, psychology, or related fields.
 
The Karl Jaspers Award is given for the best unpublished paper related to the subject of philosophy and psychiatry. Papers can have more than one author but all authors must be eligible for the Award.  Appropriate topics for the essay include, among others, the mind-body problem, psychiatric methodology, nosology and diagnostic issues, epistemology, biopsychosocial integration, the philosophy of science, philosophical aspects of the history of psychiatry, psychodynamic, hermeneutic and phenomenological approaches, and psychiatric ethics.The Jaspers Award is announced at our AAPP Annual Meeting, held concurrently with the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting. In 2018, the meeting will be on the weekend of May 5-6, 2018 in Manhattan, New York. The prize carries a cash prize of $350 and recognition in AAPP publications.
 
The deadline for entries is December 15, 2017.
 
·         Submissions should have a total word count of no more than 6000 words, including footnotes and bibliographies.
·         Each entry should include a word count.
·         Entrants should send their submission in PDF format.
·         Submissions should be ready for blind review, and should not contain the author’s name or other information what will make the author identifiable. There should be no versions of the paper searchable on the internet.
·         Entrants should also send separately an explanation of their current career status and eligibility to enter the competition. In cases where the work is part of a project done with others, they should also add an explanation of the contributions of advisors or others to the work submitted.
 
Submissions that do not meet the requirements will be rejected without being considered.
 
Entries should be sent to Christian Perring (cperring@yahoo.com).
Further details can be found here: