Louise Braddock

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I co-founded the London Philosophy-Psychoanalysis Group with David Bell and Richard Rusbridger from the British Psychoanalytical Society, in 1999.

I originally trained as a psychiatrist, then became a philosopher, gaining my PhD from the University of Reading in 2000. I was formerly a Bye-Fellow at Girton College at the University of Cambridge where I have lectured on the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychoanalysis. I am an associate member of the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Oxford where I formerly lectured on the philosophy of social science. Also in Oxford, I co-convene (with Paul Tod) the St John’s College Research Centre Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis. I am a founder member of INSEI (www.insei.net) an interdisciplinary network on sympathy/empathy and imagination.

I research across the two disciplines of philosophy and psychoanalysis, working with members of the London Philosophy-Psychoanalysis Group and with other psychoanalytic colleagues in London and Sydney. I work on explaining concepts central to psychoanalysis: identification, ‘empathy’ and sympathy in the social sciences; imagination; the counter-transference in the psychoanalytic process; the philosophical understanding of clinical psychoanalytic observation; processes of psychic construction in the individual and mechanisms of transmission between the individual and society.

I am also the Director of Research for the Independent Social Research Foundation, which funds social science research (www.isrf.org).



  • 2007: Co-editor with Michael Lacewing, The Academic Face of Psychoanalysis: Papers in Philosophy, the Humanities and the British Clinical Tradition Routledge


Conference papers

Book reviews

  • 2001: The Analytic Freud. Michael Levine. Ratio: 14:289-294
  • 1997: Descartes: an Intellectual Biography. Stephen Gaukroger. Philosophical Investigations: 20:148-152