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Gloria Ayob completed her MA in Philosophy and Phenomenological Studies in 2003 (Warwick), and her Doctorate in Philosophy in 2007 (Warwick). Her doctoral thesis was entitled World-Dependent Stances: Study of the Role of Perceptual Experience in Demonstrative Thought. Her research interests are in the philosophy of mind, with specific interests in externalist conceptions of the mind and issues arising out of Wittgenstein's philosophy. She is also interested in questions in the philosophy of mind that have a bearing on the philosophy of psychiatry. She can be contacted via e-mail at:

Else Margrethe Berg received her MD in 1980. She worked as a general practitioner and research fellow before completing her residency in psychiatry. She has worked in a clinical practice as a psychiatrist since 1993, mostly with out-patients. She is trained as a group analyst. She can be contacted via e-mail at:

Derek Bolton is Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings' College London and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked on causal explanation in psychology and psychiatry (Bolton, D., and J. Hill. 2004. Mind, meaning, and mental disorder: The nature of causal explanation in psychology and psychiatry. Oxford: Oxford University Press) and has been Principal Investigator on several randomized, controlled trials in behavior therapy and cognitive–behavioral therapy. His latest book is What is mental disorder? An essay in philosophy, science and values (Oxford University Press, 2008). He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Matthew Broome is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Warwick and Chair of the Philosophy Special Interest Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. His research focuses on the prodromal phase of schizophrenia, the formation of delusions, and functional neuroimaging. He is currently co-editing (with Lisa Bortolotti) Psychiatry as cognitive neuroscience: Philosophical perspectives and The Maudsley reader in phenomenological psychiatry (with Robert Harland, Gareth Owen, and Argyris Stringaris). He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Erik Falkum is Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Oslo. His research and publications are focused on anxiety and depression related to work stress, rehabilitation, supported employment, and the history and philosophy of psychiatry. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

K. W. M. (Bill) Fulford is Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick; Fellow of St Cross College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford Medical School; Co-Director, Institute for Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health, University of [End Page 187] Central Lancashire; Special Advisor for Values Based Practice, Department of Health, London; and Founding Editor of Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Neil Gascoigne is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Scepticism (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003) and Richard Rorty: Liberalism, irony and the ends of philosophy (Polity Press, 2008). He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Jon Rubin lectures on the Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health Programme at the University of Warwick. His research interests include critical perspectives on mental health, problems of disorder in the philosophy of biology and dissensus in political philosophy. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Benedict Smith received his PhD from the University of Warwick and he is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Durham, UK. His research interests include ethics and epistemology, the nature of moral reasons and the status and role of moral experience. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Tim Thornton is Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health and Director of Philosophy in the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion at the University of Central Lancashire. As well as contemporary philosophy of thought and language, his research concerns conceptual issues at the heart of mental health care. He has...


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