About Us


The Maudsley Philosophy Group is based at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, London UK. It began in 2002 but continues a tradition of clinical and conceptual work that dates back to the founding fathers of the Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry.

The group was inspired in large part by Dr John Cutting.  Early on it was supported by Professor Sir Robin Murray. Interests include the phenomenological basis of psychopathology and the different models of mental disorder prevalent in psychiatry (e.g. biological, psychological, sociological). The group has organised key conferences on psychiatry and philosophy, produced a unique Reader on phenomenological psychiatry and developed a questionnaire to probe the models of mental disorder that clinicians and other groups believe (or don't believe) in.

The Group organises regular seminars and lectures that bring together clinicians and researchers with philosophers, public intellectuals, and policy makers.

We drive at innovation and exchange in the areas of psychiatry and philosophy.

The Maudsley Philosophy Group is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 1120868). Donations to the Trust are welcomed - please contact us for details.

Patron, Baroness Mary Warnock

Baroness Warnock is an eminent philosopher and Cross Bench Peer in the House of Lords UK Parliament. She has published numerous works on existentialism, ethics and philosophy of mind.  In the 1960s, after the publication of books on existentialism, she became a regular philosophy commentator on BBC Radio 3.  She has served on many government committees, most notably in the areas of education and medical and scientific ethics.   These include the Committee of Inquiry into Special Education (1974 - 1978), the European Advisory Group on Bioethics (1992 - 1994), and the Archbishop of Canterbury's Advisory Group on Medical Ethics (from 1992).   She was a member of the Independent Broadcasting Authority from 1973 to 1983, and was considered for the post of Chair of Governors at the BBC.  She sat on a Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and chaired the Advisory Committee on Animal Experiments (1979 - 1985), and the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilization (1982 -1984).