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Spencer Knafelc

Philosophy PhD Student

I'm a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. I'm interested in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of cognitive science, and the philosophy of psychiatry. I'm currently thinking about philosophical issues associated with narrative-based mental health interventions. I'm interested in the rationale underlying these interventions, which involves making sense of the role of narrative thought in our mental lives, how our self--understanding takes a narrative form, the way that our capacity for narrative thought relates to our abilities as agents, and how narrative thinking can go awry. I'm also interested in how the empirical investigation of self-narratives, which are complex psychological entities, relates to current psychiatric research practice, which often involves the tendency to understand psychopathology at the level of neural circuitry and genetics. Finally, I'm interested in the role that truth plays in our self-narratives. Others denigrate its importance, and I aim to show that it is one crucial feature that deserves more attention. 


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