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Philosophical Psychology

For a Special Issue on

Psychedelic Treatments in Psychiatry

Manuscript deadline
29 February 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Elly Vintiadis, Deree - The American College of Greece
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Psychedelic Treatments in Psychiatry

Psychedelic drugs have been used for centuries all around the world, sometimes purely recreationally and other times as means to mystical experiences that lead to insight and spirituality. During the 50’s and 60’s there was some experimentation with such drugs in psychiatric treatments but it died out quickly as a result of different social forces. In the past 20 years or so, however, there has been renewed interest in psychedelic therapy in psychiatry, that is, in the treatment of mental disorders through the controlled administration of certain psychedelic substances. The initial results seem promising but they raise significant questions, many of them philosophical. These include questions in the philosophy of mind relating to the nature of consciousness and the self, ethical questions about the administration of such drugs, epistemological questions about the status of psychedelic states and the possible epistemological risks that their administration may pose, as well as other questions about the mechanisms through which psychedelic therapies work and the ontological commitments that they lead us to.

The purpose of this special issue is to draw attention to this new area of philosophical interest and to contribute to the philosophical exploration of these and other questions relating to this new form of therapy. The questions to be be raised are both empirical and conceptual and can be relevant to clinical practice. Questions and topics addressed can include (but are not limited to):

  • The phenomenology of psychedelic therapy
  • The mechanisms of psychedelic therapy
  • Can we acquire certain specific kinds of knowledge through psychedelic therapy?
  • Are the states achieved through psychedelic therapy epistemically innocent?
  • Can psychedelic therapy tell us anything new about the metaphysical understanding of the self or the hard problem of consciousness?
  • Is psychedelic therapy compatible with a naturalist worldview?
  • What ethical concerns, if any, are raised by psychedelic therapies?
  • What is the role of the spiritual dimension in the use of psychedelics in psychedelic therapies?

Invited contributors include:

  • Christine Hauskeller (University of Exeter)
  • Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes (University of Exeter)
  • Traill Dowie (Ikon Institute of Australia)
  • Brian Earp (University of Oxford & Yale University)
  • Ole Martin Moen (Oslo Metropolitan University)

Submission Instructions

  • The guest editor will evaluate manuscripts before sending them for external peer review. Only the manuscripts judged as suitable for publication by two independent reviewers will be accepted for publication.
  • Conceptual and empirical papers on the themes of the special issue will be considered as long as they have some significance for philosophical debates on psychedelic treatments.
  • The word limit for submitted paper is 8,000 words.
  • Please select "Psychedelic Treatments" in the Special Issues drop-down menu when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.
  • We warmly encourage submissions by authors who belong to traditionally underrepresented groups in academic philosophy.

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