You are on Pierre-Henri Castel's homepage, where you can find information about recent developments in the philosophy of mind applied to the history and the epistemology of psychopathology. Pierre-Henri Castel is a Senior research fellow from the CNRS, working at the CERMES3/CESAMES, (Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité). He is also a psychoanalyst in private practice, a member of the International Lacanian Association


My last book: A quoi résiste la psychanalyse? (PUF, Paris, 2006).

Last additions : Various papers in relation to the new rules concerning psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in France.

On-going events in history and philosophy of psychopathology: next seminars, conferences and lectures dealing with the history and/or the philosophy of psychopathology and psychoanalysis (mostly in France).

Book reviews for the Revue d'histoire des sciences humaines, the Revue d'histoire des sciences and other journals

On-line documents, including a commentary on Über Psychoanalyse, by Freud, my précis of The Interpretation of Dreams, by Freud and the Revised Chronology and Bibliography of my Querelle de l'hystérie (PUF, 1998), with on-line access to many texts: from 1870 to 1914, the main references on neuroses, in medical sciences, sociology, literature, philosophy, along with the major institutional events in European and American psychiatry. See also a Chronology and Bibliography of Obsessional Neurosis/Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Troubles in the history of culture and medecine (from the origins to 2007)

Links in philosophy of mind, psychopathology and psychiatry: history and epistemology. Where can you find a rare French book?

What do I work on presently?: a choice of papers on contemporary theories of transsexualism, in cultural anthropology, philosophy, law and psychiatry. (Cross-)check my Chronology and Bibliography of Transsexualism and Related Sex/Gender Identity Troubles (1910-1998), including a lot of English-speaking material, a Working Bibliography on Sexual Identity Troubles, and a synopsis of Genetic, Physiological or Anatomical Abnormalities in Intersexuality, along with their Psychological Counterparts. Also: a Chronology and Bibliography of Psychoanalysis in France and Abroad (1980-2005), and a Chronology and Bibliography of Psychology (1980-2000).

Current research on the history and philosophy of obsessive-compulsive disorder

On-line papers: on hypnosis, hysteria, dreams, suggestion, Freud, the Traumdeutung and its interpretations, polemics about the scientificity of psychoanalysis, sex and gender in psychiatry, depression, cognitive psychiatry, with elaborate critics of Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Adolf Grünbaum, Médard Boss and the phenomenology of dreams, and a special emphasis on the analytic philosophy of mind.