Philosophy & Ethics Special Interest Group

To provide a forum for members of the British Pain Society with an interest in Philosophy and Ethcis


Dr Michael Platt


TBA (Secretary)

Dr Peter Wemyss-Gorman (Transcript Editor)

Council Liaison Officer Dr Tim Johnson
Year Formed 2004
Number of Members 46

Description of Activities and Scientific Focus

  • Discussion of philosophical and ethical issues associated with pain, suffering and their management

    Annual 3-day meetings devoted to discussion of philosophical and ethical issues. These are held alternate years at Rydal Hall in the Lake District and Launde Abbey in Leicestershire (both Christian retreat centres, although the meetings are not religious in content and open to those of all faiths and none), which being set in some of the loveliest landscapes in Britain, provide ideal surroundings for meetings of a reflective nature, as well as for mental and physical recreation - walking is an important feature of the programmes. The format of the meetings, with considerably more time devoted to discussion of papers than the presentation, is designed to maximise interchange of ideas and ventilation of problems.


2015 Annual Meeting

The Tyranny of Diagnosis
Monday 29th June – Thursday 2nd July
Launde Abbey, Leicestershire

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