Schizophrenia: Levels of Interpretation
Subpersonal, Personal, and Interpersonal

Two-day workshop

25-26 October

University of Memphis

Sponsored by

The Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Philosophy

and the Anneliese Maier Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Invited speakers............................ Program .................................... VenueLevels of interpretation

Schizophrenia is studied by a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, neuroscience, and philosophy.  One important question concerns which level of explanation offers the best account of schizophrenic symptoms. Some accounts focus on person-level descriptions, as in phenomenological, some psychiatric, and some cognitive approaches; other accounts favor subpersonal explanations, as in neuroscience and some cognitive and psychiatric approaches. Is there a good way to adjudicate between these different levels?  How important are “super-personal” or social accounts of schizophrenia?  This two-day workshop will explore these and other questions, concerning delusions, dialogical and phenomenological models, agency and social contexts.

Invited speakers  

Jorge Davila (Psychiatry, Universidad Nacional, Bogota)

George Graham (Department of Philosophy and Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University)

John Lysaker (Philosophy Department, Emory University)

Paul Lysaker (Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University)

Albert Newen (Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Jean-Michel Roy (Centre d'epistémologie des sciences cognitives, Ecole Normale Supériure, Lyon)

Michael Schwartz (Psychiatry, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Medicine)

Anna Strasser (Center for Integrative Life Sciences (CILS) and School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). 

Gottfried Vosgerau (Philosophy Department, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf)

Osborne Wiggins (Department of Philosophy, University of Louisville)



Thursday, 25 October

1:30 Registration and welcome

Jean-Michel Roy
Explanatory and descriptive gaps in schizophrenia research: The descriptive inadequacy of the sense of agency/sense of ownership distinction

3:00-4:15 Osborne Wiggins and Michael Schwartz
The Sense of Agency and Some of its Difficulties in Schizophrenia
4:15-4:30 Coffee
4:30-5:45 George Graham
Within Delusions Without Schizophrenia
5:45-7:00 John Lysaker and Paul Lysaker
First-person Dimensions of Schizophrenia

Friday, 26 October


Anna Strasser
How is it possible to develop a delusion?

11:15-12:30  Albert Newen
Emotion and Cognition in Schizophrenia
12:30-2:00  Lunch
2:00-3:15 Gottfried Vosgerau
Authorship of Thoughts as a Social Phenomenon
3:15-4:30 Jorge Dávila
Animation in the Psychotic Experience
4:30-5:30 Open Discussion


All sessions will be held in the

Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Memphis
185 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee, 38103 USA       


From Memphis International Airport

Exit airport and take 240 West and continue to 240 North to Union Avenue. Take the Union Avenue exit heading west. The hotel will be on the left approximately 3 miles.
Distance from Hotel: 10 mi.
Drive Time: 15 min.
Taxi -- typical charge $25-35

Driving Directions

From 40 East - Exit 143B toward Jacksonville / Memphis(Crossing into Tennessee).
Take Riverside Dr. exit 1, toward South Front St.
Turn Slight right onto N Riverside Dr / N Riverside BLVD. Contiue to follow N Riverside Blvd
Turn left onto Union Ave.
185 Union Ave is on right.

From 55 South - Take I-40 E towards Memphis / Nashville (Crossing into Tennessee)
Take the Riverside dr exit 1, toward South Front St.
Turn slight right onto N Riverside Dr./ N Riverside Blvd. Continue to follow N Riverside BLVD.
Turn left onto Union Ave.
185 Union Ave is on the right

From 55 North - towards St.Louis
Merge onto S Riverside BLVD
Turn right onto Union Ave.
185 Union Ave is on the right.

From Bill Morris Pkwy/ TN-385 West - Head towards Memphis.
Merge onto I-240W, toward Jackson, Miss.
Merge onto I-240 N
Take the Union Ave exit, Exit 30.
Keep left to take the Union Ave West ramp
Turn slight right onto Union Ave / US-70 /US-79 / US-64 / US51 ? TN-3. Continue to the follow Union Ave/ TN-3
185 is on the left.