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Lisa Bortolotti is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham (UK), and Endeavour Research Fellow at the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (Australia). Her main research interests are in the philosophy of psychology. She is writing a monograph for Oxford University Press about the role of judgments of rationality and self-knowledge in belief ascription. She published work on delusions in journals such as Mind & Language, Philosophical Psychology, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Theory & Psychology, and Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. She can be contacted via e-mail at

Richard Gipps gained his PhD on the philosophical understanding of schizophrenia from Warwick University in 2002, and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Christ Church University, Canterbury in 2009. He has taught philosophy at the universities of Oxford, Warwick, and King's College London, and currently practices as a Clinical Psychologist in Oxford, UK. In 2004, he edited a special issue of this journal on "Autism and Intersubjectivity: Beyond Cognitivism and the Theory of Mind," Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 11, no.3:195-8 and, with K. W. M. Fulford, wrote "Understanding the clinical concept of delusion: from an estranged to an engaged epistemology," International Review of Psychiatry 16, no.3:225-35. He can be contacted via e-mail at

Kenneth Kendler is the Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Human Genetics, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his medical and psychiatric training at Stanford and Yale University, respectively. Since 1983, he has been engaged in studies of the genetics of psychiatric and substance use disorders, including schizophrenia, major depression, alcoholism, personality disorders, and nicotine dependence. He has utilized methods ranging from family studies, to large-sample population-based twin studies to molecular genetic studies aimed at identifying specific genes that influence the vulnerability to schizophrenia, alcoholism, depression, and nicotine dependence. Data collection for these studies has been completed in Virginia, Ireland, China, Norway, and Sweden. He has published over 610 reviewed journals, has received a number of national and international awards for his work and serves on several Editorial Boards and is Editor of Psychological Medicine. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. He can be contacted via e-mail at

Dominic Murphy is Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney. He is the author of Psychiatry in the Scientific Image (MIT 2006) and numerous papers in the philosophy of the cognitive and biological sciences. He is currently writing a book on the self. He can be contacted via e-mail at [End Page 99]

Josef Parnas is Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, consultant at Psychiatric Center Hvidovre, and a co-founder and senior researcher at the Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen. He has been for many years conducting studies in the psychopathology, epidemiology, etiology, and genetics of schizophrenia. He has also been working at the interdisciplinary interface of psychopathology and philosophy. His current major interest is a study of anomalies of self-experience in schizophrenia. He has published more than 200 scientific peer-reviewed publications. He is a co-editor of Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry (K. S. Kendler and J. Parnas, eds.), which appeared in 2008 from The John Hopkins University Press. He can be contacted via e-mail at

Matthew Ratcliffe is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, UK. Most of his recent work addresses issues in phenomenology, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of psychiatry. He is author of Rethinking Commonsense Psychology: A Critique of Folk Psychology, Theory of Mind and Simulation (Palgrave, 2007) and Feelings of Being: Phenomenology, Psychiatry and the Sense of Reality (Oxford University Press, 2008). He can be contacted via e-mail at

John Rhodes is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Before becoming a Clinical Psychologist, he completed a degree in philosophy, and later went on to train and work as an Educational Psychologist. Since transferring to Clinical Psychology in...


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