Prominent Philosopher, Doctor, Psychiatrist Featured at Phenomenology Symposium

Renowned philosopher Dr. Thomas Fuchs will be the featured presenter at the 36th annual Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center Symposium at Duquesne University.

Memory, Mind and Being Human: Phenomenology and Psychiatry Today will explore how the field of phenomenology is being practiced today in the areas of psychiatry and psychology. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15, at the Phenomenology Center in the Duquesne University Gumberg Library.

Fuchs, who is the Karl Jaspers Professor of Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, is an expert in phenomenological philosophy and psychopathology.

"Dr. Fuchs is at the forefront of the dialogue among phenomenological psychology, philosophy and psychiatry," said Dr. Jeffrey McCurry, director of the Phenomenology Center at Duquesne. "As a psychiatrist and a philosopher, there might be no one better to lead us into a deeper knowledge of the most interesting work from a phenomenological perspective on the human mind and how it functions, not in a reductionistic way, but, as is phenomenologically proper, in a full human life."

Fuchs is also recognized as a prominent philosopher, medical doctor and psychiatrist whose work is at the forefront of the growing contemporary interdisciplinary dialogue between phenomenological philosophy, psychology and psychiatry. He is co-editor of Psychopathology; an editorial board member of four scientific journals; and most recently wrote the book Ecology of the Brain: The Phenomenology and Biology of the Embodied Mind, published by Oxford University Press.

While the symposium is private, the event will feature Fuchs' free, public lecture, Thinking Too Much: The Psychopathy of Hyperreflexivity, on March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center.

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