Discussion: Kozuch and McKenna, “Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Mental Illness”

The new plan for next week’s meeting (Thursday, March 5 in room 213 of Caldwell Hall) is to discuss Benjamin Kozuch and Michael McKenna’s “Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Mental Illness” and Chandra Sripada‘s commentary on it, entitled, “Mental Illness, Moral Responsibility, and Expression of the Self.” This fascinating exchange is forthcoming in Moseley and Gala’s Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections and New Perspectives (Routledge). RSVP to Dan if you plan to attend or would like a copy of the papers.

Webinar on Civil Commitment Law and Population Health

In preparation for our discussion of coercion in psychiatry and involuntary civil commitment, and for those who have an independent interest in these topics, I strongly recommend the webinar on civil commitment law that is available at the following link:


This outstanding discussion is moderated and introduced by Jeffrey Swanson and contains presentations by Paul Appelbaum, Richard Bonnie, and John Monahan. An insightful Q&A session follows and an informative slide show to accompany the presentations is available at the webpage above. It was recorded on January 22, 2015. The webinar provides a great crash course on civil commitment law in the US.