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CEPA Public Lecture: Hanna Pickard

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Hanna Pickard, Professor in Philosophy of Psychology, University of Birmingham

"The Puzzle of Addiction"


Uptown Campus
Lavin-Bernick Center
Stibbs Room

Event Details

Open to the public

Admission: Free

Event Type: Ethics and Public Affairs Lectures

Sponsored By: Murphy Institute , Center for Ethics and Public Affairs

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Hanna Pickard is Professor of Philosophy of Psychiatry at University of Birmingham. For 2017-2019, she is a Visiting Research Scholar to the Program in Cognitive Science at Princeton University. Professor Pickard specializes in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry, moral psychology, and clinical ethics. Her research explores interdisciplinary questions that arise out of clinical practice and related science, often in connection with law and public policy. Her primary current research project involves articulating the concepts of responsibility and blame that are used within clinical contexts and their relevance to philosophy and criminal justice.

From 2007-2017, Professor Pickard worked at The Oxfordshire Complex Needs Service, a NHS specialist service for people with personality disorder and complex needs. Her current clinical project is called The Responsibility without Blame Project, for Mental Health and Allied Professionals and The General Public, which is an interactive open access e-learning based on in-person training developed and delivered in prisons and mental health services. It offers a philosophical toolkit distinguishing the concept of responsibility from the concept of blame for use in reflection and development of effective clinical practice with people with personality and related disorders.

Professor Pickard's scholarly articles have appeared in academic journals across a wide variety of disciplines, including Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Analysis, Journal of Political Philosophy, Mind & Language, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Neuroethics, Modern Law Review, and Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. She received her D.Phil. from University of Oxford in 2001.

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Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.