About

We are a group of interdisciplinary scholars, researchers, and practitioners who are dedicated to revitalizing philosophical, theological, and psychosocial traditions in psychology in order to augment our moral vocabulary for understanding clinical work within the context of a higher ethical calling.

Our hope is that the conversations that take place in the context of our conferences, publications, and various programming can serve to embarrass some of the language and conceptual calcification endemic to many academic and clinical disciplines. Furthermore, our desire is to condition our sensibilities under the fire of an ethical imperative, grounded in the individualized and deeply textured relational encounter.

This community is a consortium of individuals, institutes, and universities that are located throughout the world. Psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, social workers, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, theologians, clergy, and graduate students of all persuasions are invited to participate in the life of this community and its scholarly activities. Its aim is academic inquiry, the reshaping of clinical sensibilities, and a commitment to community service and impact.

Mission

The mission of Psychology and the Other is to enrich responses and languages for human suffering, identity, and potential by promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary conversation between psychology, philosophy, theology, and humanities-related disciplines.

The "Other"

Eric Fromm bemoaned the divorce of psychology from philosophical and religious traditions and, in many ways, this artificial separation from our historical and conceptual siblings has only increased. The purpose of the Psychology and the Other is to provide venues that enrich conversations at the intersections of philosophy, psychology, and theological/religious studies, particularly emphasizing scholarship around the notion of the “Other.” The term “Other” constitutes a shared space for continental thought, theology, and a variety of psychological discourses. This phenomenon bears significantly on ethical, epistemological, and phenomenological scholarship in each of these fields.

Enriching the Discourse

This interdisciplinary project is committed to developing conferences, publications, research opportunities, and clinical training experiences that explore the rich discourses that have emerged around the concept of the “Other” in various intellectual traditions, ranging from phenomenological work like that of Emmanuel Levinas to the work of John Zizioulas in theology or that of Jessica Benjamin in psychoanalysis.

A Vibrant Community of Scholars

Psychology & the Other is a consortium of individuals, institutes, and universities that are located throughout the world. Psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, social workers, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, theologians, clergy, and graduate students of all persuasions are invited to participate in the life of this community and its scholarly activities. Its aim is academic inquiry, a reshaping of clinical sensibilities, and a commitment to community service and impact.​