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Wellbeing and mental health: What is the right relationship?

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Chair: Dr Julieta Galante

Abstract: Based on the article Mental Health Without Wellbeing (Wren-Lewis and Alexandrova, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 2021), I review recent attempts to draw causal and conceptual links between wellbeing and mental health, finding that ambition is not always accompanied either by clarity or by quality.

Biography: Anna Alexandrova is a Professor in Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge. She researches how formal tools such as models and indicators enable scientists to navigate complex phenomena tinged with ethical and political dimensions. Her book A Philosophy for the Science of Wellbeing came out with Oxford University Press in 2017 and won the 2022 Gittler Book Prize of the American Philosophical Association. For detailed biography of Prof Alexandrova, please visit:

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