Louis Charland


Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Philosophy of Emotion and Foundations of Affective Science, Philosophy of Medicine (Psychiatry), Cognitive Science, Bioethics
BA, MA Carleton; PhD Western University

Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 4137
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85748
E-mail: charland@uwo.ca 
Website: publish.uwo.ca/~charland

My current research focuses on the history and philosophy of affective terms and concepts (like ‘emotion’), the philosophy of medicine and psychiatry (for example ‘valence’ and  ‘disease’), as well as issues in bioethics that touch on these areas in a central way (like the role of affectivity in ‘appreciation’ in decision-making capacity). I am currently writing and compiling a series of case studies where the distinction between ‘passion’ and ‘emotion’ plays a central theoretical role in psychological explanation. That project includes work on philosophical thinkers like Descartes, Locke, Kant, Hume, Rousseau, William James and Théodule Ribot, as well as scientific thinkers like Sir Alexander Crichton, Philippe Pinel, and Jean Etienne Esquirol and Pierre Janet.

Editorial Positions

Associate Editor International Journal of Mental Health (Oct 2017 – present)
Editorial Board, Emotions: History, Culture, Society (May 2016 – present)
Editorial Board, Emotion Review (April 2015 - present)
Editorial Board, American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience (Sept 2012 - Present)
Editorial Board, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology. (2007 - Present)
Editorial Board, Journal of Ethics and Mental Health. (2007-Present)
Editorial Board, History of Psychiatry (Dec 2012 – present)

William James on Passion and Emotion: The Influence of Théodule Ribot. Emotion Review. (Forthcoming.)

Wada K, Charland LC, Bellingham G. Can women in labor give informed consent to epidural analgesia?. Bioethics. 2018;00:1–12.

Lost in Myth, Lost in Translation: Philippe Pinel’s 1809 Medico-Philosophical Treatise on Mental Alienation. International Journal of Mental Health. 30 AUG 2018.

Charland, Louis C. Ethical Issues in Addiction Research. In Doug MacKay & Ana Iltis (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Research Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (In preparation. Due Sept. 10, 2019)

Charland, Louis C. Thomas Musto. History of Psychiatric Ethics. In Stephen Green and Sydney Bloch (Eds.) Psychiatric Ethics 5th Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming.) Charland 80%; Musto 20%.

Decision-Making Capacity. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Major Revisions and Additions to 2008 and 2011 versions. This is a substantial piece of research at 12,586 words. (Under review, now with co-author Jennifer Hawkins.) (Expected completion: June 2019)

Why We Must Distinguish "Passion" and "Emotion" in Recovery: Historical, Theoretical, and Ethical Issues. American Psychiatric Association. New York City. May 5, 2018.

Addiction as a Passion. Department of Psychiatry. Helsinki University Hospital. Helsinki, Finland. Thursday December 13, 2018.

Anorexia as a Passion. Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Berlin, Germany. Nov 27, 2018.

Decision-Making Capacity and Informed Consent: A Role for Emotions. Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr University, Bochum Markstraße 258a, 44799 Bochum, Germany. Wednesday December 5, 2018.

Loss of Control and Addiction. Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Preventive Medicine. LWL University Hospital, Ruhr University, Bochum Alexandrinenstraße 1-3, 44791 Bochum, Germany. December 5, 2018.

The Distinction between Passion and Emotion: A Distinction We Ignore at Our Philosophical Peril. Department of Philosophy. University of Geneva. November 15, 2018.

Anorexia Nervosa as a Passion: A contemporary case study in psychopathology and the affective sciences." Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences. Section de médecine fondamentale.
Département de neurosciences. University of Geneva. M Rue du Général - Dufour 24 Geneva, GE 1211 Switzerland. Nov 13, 2018.

Anorexia as a Passion. Royal College of Psychiatrists. Eating Disorders Group. Cardiff, Wales, UK. July 11, 2018. 10:00 pm.

Decision-Making Capacity to Consent to Medical Assistance in Dying for Persons with Mental Disorders. UBC Neuroethics Core Centre, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC. Canada. Friday March 23, 2018.

Anorexia as a Passion. Mental Illness, Treatment Futility, and Compassionate Care: The case of Anorexia Nervosa. Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. Durham, North Carolina, March 9-10, 2018.

Commentary on Sarah Kamens (Yale University) “Postcolonialism
and (Anti)Psychiatry: On Hearing Voices and Ghostwriting”. American Philosophical Association (APA). Eastern Division session sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP). Session Topic: Philosophical Perspectives on Critical Psychiatry. Savanah. Georgia, Wed, January 3, 2017.

“Decision-Making Capacity in Anorexia Nervosa”. Invited Session: Speaker: Mental Illness and Treatment Futility: The Case of Anorexia Nervosa. Arranged by the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division (APA) Committee on Philosophy and Medicine. Chair: Jennifer Hawkins.(Duke University). Savanah, Georgia. December , Thursday January 4, 2018. 5, 2018.

Competence and Inequity are both Important to the Ethics of Supervised Injectable Opioid Assisted Treatment. Commentary on ‘Our Life Depends on this Drug: Competence, Inequity, and Voluntary Consent in Clinical Trials on Supervised Injectable Opioid Assisted Treatment’, by Daniel Steel et al., Discussion Paper for the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry Executive Committee Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah. Saturday Nov, 4. 2018.

Quaker Reforms in Mental Health. (For grade ten. 45 min with discussion.)
Pickering College, Newmarket Ontario. Fri Oct 27, 2017

Informed Consent to Medical Aid in Dying: Looking at Anorexia Nervosa. Invited keynote speaker. The Theory and Practice of Informed Consent Conference, Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway, Thursday June 8-9, 2017.‘Informed Consent to Medical Aid in Dying: Looking at Anorexia Nervosa’. Commentator: Anne Rausdøl (Diakonhjemmet University College)

Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) for Persons Living with Mental Illness. Capacity to Consent to MAID. Colloquium on MAID: January 29, 2017. Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Capacity to Consent to Medical Aid in Dying (MAID). Grand Rounds. St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jan 27, 2017.