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AKC Conversations: The Life of the Mind

This AKC series explores contemporary western approaches to mental health alongside contrasting ideals of health from other times, regions and cultures, allowing you to explore the life of the mind within multiple contexts. In these AKC Conversations, we invited lecturers to reflect on mental health via their own discipline, illuminating 'the life of the mind' from medical, philosophical, historical and theological perspectives.

Professor John Marsden on Addiction

AKC Director Clare Carlisle speaks to Professor John Marsden, who delivered Lecture 4 of the series, exploring the role that memory and mental imagery play in both creating and maintaining addiction. Professor Marsden also presented his research on a novel treatment for cocaine use disorder, using memory-focused cognitive therapy. 


Dr Margaret Hampson on Plato's Tyrant 

AKC Director Clare Carlisle speaks to Dr Margaret Hampson who delivered Lecture 6 of the series. Dr Hampson examined Plato's 'Tyrant', the notion of the 'unhealthy soul', and the central role that friendship plays in the tyrant's character, asking what this can teach us about mental health and ill-health.


 The Revd Canon Mark Oakley on Poetry and the Procreative Mind

AKC Ambassador and PhD student Emma Lowe speaks to The Revd Canon Mark Oakley who delivered Lecture 9 of the series. Canon Oakley's lecture explored the life of the procreative mind through the medium of poetry, asking why it is that poetry can often speak truths that we cannot quite articulate ourselves. 

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