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Call for papers: Philosophy of Psychiatry

When examining the recent history of ideas, it would be fair to say that the philosophy of psychiatry became a forefront aspect of professional discourse through the work of Karl Jaspers, and gained considerable momentum in the 1960s. Since that time, many of the identified problem areas have maintained various degrees of continuity; queries about the normative values of standardised manuals for the diagnosis of mental disorders and therapeutics, and increased consideration of cultural factors and the need for more culturally responsive mental health research and care.


Article collection
Philosophy of Psychiatry
Edited by: Derek Bolton
Extended deadline: 31st December 2021

Article collection
Perspectives on the Philosophy of Medicine
Edited by: Thomas Bohrer MD, Roberto Dell’Oro PhD, James Giordano PhD
Collection published: 4 July 2018

Cross journal collection
The many meanings of ‘Quality’ in healthcare: Interdisciplinary perspectives
Edited by: Dr Deborah Swinglehurst
Collection published: 23 April 2015

Cross journal collection
Medical ethics in informed consent
Edited by: Prof James Giordano, Dr Fernando Marques
Collection published: 7 January 2014

Cross journal collection
Brain science, philosophy and ethics in medicine
Edited by: Prof. James Giordano, Dr. John Shook
Collection published: 3 January 2014
Published: 3 January 2014; Ongoing call for papers

Cross journal collection
Medical tourism – concepts, ethics, and practices
Edited by: Prof Silke Schicktanz, Dr Tulsi Patel
Collection published: 20 August 2013

Cross journal collection
Towards a new psychiatry: Philosophical and ethical issues in classification, diagnosis and care
Edited by: Prof James Giordano
Collection published: 13 January 2012

Thematic series
Ethical Considerations: Organ transplantation and the definition of death in medical practice
Edited by: Dr Thomas S. Huddle
Collection published: 22 May 2007

A four-part working bibliography of neuroethics

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Given the growth, range, and rapid maturation of the field of neuroethics we provide an iterative, four-part document that affords a repository of international papers, books, and chapters that address the field in overview, and present discussion(s) of more particular aspects and topics of neuroethics.

Part 1: Overview and reviews – Defining and describing the field and its practices
Part 2: Neuroscientific studies of morality and ethics
Part 3: “Second tradition neuroethics” – Ethical issues in neuroscience
Part 4 - Ethical issues in clinical and social applications of neuroscience

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Calls for papers

PEHM welcomes innovative research at the intersection of medical ethics and bioethics, philosophy of medicine, and medical humanities from a variety of perspectives and contexts, and is currently calling for papers for the following thematic series.

Perspectives on the Philosophy of Medicine
Deadline for submissions: 30th June 2019

Philosophy of Psychiatry
Deadline for submissions: 31st December 2020

Brain science, philosophy and ethics in medicine
Ongoing call

Aims and scope

Uniquely positioned at the intersection of medical and bioethics, philosophy of medicine, and medical humanities, the journal provides a forum for exploring and addressing how new developments in biomedicine foster philosophical, ethical and social issues, questions and possible solutions. The ethos of the journal acknowledges the importance of both obtaining new facts, tools and capabilities in medicine, and of engaging new ways of thinking about and expressing the meanings and effects of these emerging developments. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine encompasses the philosophical and ethical aspects of clinical research and practice, and also welcomes papers focusing upon medicine and humanities, including the history of medicine, and medicine and the arts. 

Important Update
The Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine has appointed new editors who will soon be publishing a statement outlining editorial policies, aims, and scope.  In the meantime, we are focusing on our backlog of submissions, giving priority to research articles and reviews.  In the future, we plan to limit the article type “commentary" to submissions that address high priority topics of great significance to a wide variety of our readership. Commentaries should only be submitted upon invitation, therefore please contact us to discuss your idea before submitting. As we transition, we will be very selective in choosing which among our currently submitted commentaries to publish.

Latest commentaries

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The orphan child: humanities in modern medical education by M.E. Kollmer Horton

“Violence” in medicine: necessary and unnecessary, intentional and unintentional by J. Shapiro

Revisiting the need for virtue in medical practice by L. Engelbert Bain

The notion of neutrality in clinical ethics consultation by A. Gasparetto et al.

Context and scale: Distinctions for improving debates about physician “rationing” by Jon C. Tilburt and Daniel P. Sulmasy

Ethical, legal and societal considerations on Zika virus epidemics complications in scaling-up prevention and control strategies by Ernest Tambo et al.

Editor's profile

New Content ItemProf James Giordano, Editor-in-Chief

Prof. James Giordano PhD, MPhil, is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O'Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. As well, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly Fulbright Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Prof. Giordano is a Research Fellow of the European Union Human Brain Project. He has served as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council for Human Research Protection; as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and as Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff, Pentagon.   

Prof. Giordano is the author of over 270 publications, 7 books, and 15 governmental whitepapers on neuroscience, neuroethics, and biosecurity.  His ongoing studies focus upon the mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, neural bases of moral cognition and behavior, and the neuroethical issues generated by research and applications of emerging neuroscience and neurotechnology. In recognition of his work in science and ethics, Prof. Giordano was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts, the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives, and is an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).

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