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Dr Alex Miller Tate studied for an MSc in Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition at the University of Edinburgh, having previously completed a BA in Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. After that, he undertook a PhD in Philosophy, again at the University of Birmingham (awarded February 2019).

Alex’s PhD thesis used recent insights from theoretical cognitive science to develop novel accounts and explanations of various central patterns of depressive cognition (i.e. thought that is characteristic of a person with depression). He also investigated the implications of these ideas for the ethics of the relationship between psychiatrists and service users in clinical settings.

Alex joined King’s College London in 2019, as a Lecturer in Medical Ethics (Education).

Research Interests

Alex works in the Philosophy of Science, focusing on Medicine, Psychiatry, and Cognitive Science. He is especially interested in how best to explain the nature and aetiology of psychiatric disorders (especially depressive and trauma disorders), clinical decision-making and the doctor-patient relationship, as well as the moral and political implications of these topics.

His current research falls into two broad streams. The first is an investigation into ‘Palliative Psychiatry’; a proposed approach to treating mental illness that aims at symptom management rather than cure. The second is an investigation into the nature and philosophical significance of traumatic stress, including its purported connection to ‘moral injury’.


Moral Theory & Medical Ethics

Topics in Medical Ethics I & II (Autonomy and Public Health/Justice & Resource Allocation)

Mental Health Ethics

Analytic Skills for Medical Ethics