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Hanna Pickard, D.Phil., is a professor and chair of philosophy of psychology at the University of Birmingham, and is a recently announced Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. Her work focuses on philosophy of mind, moral psychology and clinical ethics. Her philosophy is grounded in real-world issues, informed by her clinical experience and biomedical research, and is connected to criminal and mental health law and policy. She will be joining the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Berman Institute of Bioethics and the philosophy department this fall.

In this interview, we talk about how Dr. Pickard became interested in philosophy, how her experience in the clinic shaped her body of work, her perspective on addiction, pathology, the penal and health care systems, and so much more.

How did you become interested in philosophy?

I grew up with parents who were both law professors and politically engaged. My love of philosophy started at the family dinner table, where we had heated discussions about issues of social justice, but always approached with the kind of argumentative rigor found in law. Taking an analytic approach to questions that genuinely matter to people and society shapes my work to this day.

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