ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
ANNUAL REPORTS TO COUNCIL 2006
Philosophy Special Interest Group
Annual Report to Council 2006
The Philosophy Special Interest Group (SIG) has continued to work hard
for the College. The annual committee meeting was held in the College on
28th April 2006.
The finances of the Philosophy SIG remain in good order with a healthy
surplus. Funds have recently been used to help publish a Newsletter,
which was distributed to all members of the Philosophy SIG. We intend to
keep the possibility of using funds to support attendance at conferences
and to support local groups if required in particular instances.
Regional groups, such as that at the Institute of Psychiatry (represented
by Dr. Matthew Broome on the Committee) and the Scottish Group (still
led by Dr. David Findlay and Professor Eric Matthews (who also serves on
the Committee) continue to be active. We have no word about other
groups meeting regularly, but intend to pursue our links with Nottingham.
The Philosophy SIG has continued to provide academic support to various
meetings and conferences. Through its committee the Philosophy SIG
maintains its strong links with the International Network of Philosophy and
Psychiatry (INPP) and was represented at the INPP’s conferences in Yale
(2005) and in Leiden (2006). Members of the committee have addressed
conferences of the Royal Institute of Philosophy at the University of
Birmingham (May 2006), and the Journal of Ethics and Mental Health in
Toronto (May 2006). This is the first journal to be solely dedicated to
psychiatric ethics and several members of the Philosophy SIG are on its
founding editorial board. The connections with the journal Philosophy,
Psychiatry, & Psychology continue to be maintained.
At the annual meeting in Glasgow on 11th July 2006 the Philosophy SIG
organized a session entitled ‘Mental Capacity and Best Interests, What’s it
all About?’. The speaker were Professor Chris Hegi