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CP3: The Center for Philosophy, Psychology and Psychiatry

Michael J. Miller, Ph.D., Director

What is CP3?

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has a long tradition of engagement in philosophy.  We have been the academic home of Ernest Becker, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death, had a major impact on our culture in the 20th Century, as well as Thomas Szasz, whose iconoclastic work The Myth of Mental Illness was pivotal to the anti-psychiatry and critical psychiatry movements. In addition to Becker and Szasz, many of our faculty over the years, including Robert Daly, Eugene Kaplan, Ronald Pies, Chaitan Haldipur, Michael Miller, have worked at the intersection of philosophy, psychiatry, and psychology.

In that tradition, the Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry (or CP3) was founded in January, 2023.  We are a group of faculty and staff from within this department, as well as from the medical center at large and the community beyond it, who share an interest in philosophical thought about our work.

We meet monthly for a presentation by one of our regular members, or an external invited speaker. Our speakers have included some of the foremost thinkers of our day in philosophy of pscyhiatry, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, existential and humanistic psychology, and critical psychiatry. See below for the list of 2023 events.

If you would like to join CP3, please email Michael Miller, Ph.D., at [email protected]


CP3 Presentations: 2023




Ronald Pies, MD

Upstate Medical University

The Work and Legacy of Thomas Szasz

Michael Miller, Ph.D.

Upstate Medical University

Nietszche’s Prefiguration of Freud in Beyond Good and Evil

Awais Aftab, MD

Case Western Reserve University

Psychiatry in the 21st Century: Critical and Philosophical Perspectives

Nassir Ghaemi, MD

Tufts University

On Karl Jaspers

Chaitanya Haldipur, MD

Upstate Medical University

Psychiatry in Literature: Machado de Assis

Daniel Berthold, Ph.D.

Bard College

Talking Cures: A Lacanian Reading of Hegel and Kierkegaard on Language and Madness

Ronald Pies, MD

Upstate Medical University

Compassion in Psychotherapy and the Healing Process: A Bio-Psycho-Spiritual Perspective

Richard Boothby, Ph.D.

Loyola University

Embracing the Void: Rethinking the Origin of the Sacred with Freud and Lacan

Kirk Schneider, Ph.D.

Columbia University and Saybrook University

The Experiential Democracy Dialogue, A Half-Day Workshop