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.
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.