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 3133
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)

Recent publications

The Distinction between "Passion" and "Emotion" - Vincenzo Chiarugi , A Case Study. History of Psychiatry. 2015 (25)4, 477-484.

Contagion, Identity, Misinformation: Challenges for Psychiatric Ethics in the Age of the Internet. In The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics, Volume 2. Edited by John Z. Sadler, Bill Fulford, and Cornelius Werendly van Staden. Published online Dec. 2014, Print Version 2015.

Why Psychiatry Should Fear Medicalization. In The Oxford Handbook for Philosophy and Psychiatry. Edited by  Bill Fulford, Martin Davies, Richard Gipps, George Graham, John Sadler, Giovanni Stranghelinni, Tim Thorton. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, 159-176.