The programme of Master Classes will be presented in turn by the convenors of participating course

International MetaMasters Ashok Handa

Ashok Handa


Ashok Handa is Associate Professor of Surgery at Oxford University and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford; Director for Surgical Education and responsible for the undergraduate curriculum in surgery as well as for assessment; Fellow in Clinical Medicine and Tutor for Graduates at St Catherine’s College, Oxford; and Director of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine’s College, Oxford.  He is the national lead for the curriculum in vascular surgery.  He sits on the Council of the Medical Defence Union and is a member of their cases committee providing expert advice on high value cases.

Bill Fulford


Bill (KWM) Fulford is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School; and Founder Director of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine’s College, Oxford. His previous posts include Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford, and Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the Department of Health, London. His publications include Moral Theory and Medical Practice, The Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He is Lead Editor for the Oxford book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry and Founder Editor and Chair of the Advisory Board of the international journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP). His Essential Values-based Practice, co-authored with Ed Peile, is the launch volume for a book series from Cambridge University Press on Values-based Medicine.

Guilherme Messas


Guilherme Messas, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist, is Associate Professor at Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences, Brazil, where he heads the Masters Program in Phenomenological Psychopathology. His main fields of expertise are Phenomenological psychopathology, Phenomenological psychiatry and Susbstance misuse. He is the Leader for Brazil of The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and Member of the Section of Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry – World Psychiatric Association. Guilherme has been involved for many years in training psychiatrists and clinical psychologists and has extensively published in phenomenological psychopathology. He is also Founding member of the Brazilian Society of Phenomenological Psychopathology, and was the founding editor of the jornal Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea. 

Anna Bergqvist

UK and Sweden

Anna Bergqvist is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been Postgraduate Reserach Coordinator and AHRC North West Doctotal Pathway Consortium Lead for Philosophy since 2020.  Anna is also Secretary of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section for Philosophy & Humanities in Psychiatry (October 2020 – present) and is an Executive Committee Member of the Royal College of Psychiatry (RCPsych) SIG in Philosophy (February 2020 – present). She is also Convener of the Values-based Theory Network at St Catherine’s Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice at the University of Oxford, and Member of the its Whiteness and Race Equality Network.

Giovanni Stanghellini

Italy and Chile

Giovanni Stanghellini, MD and Dr. Phil. Honoris Causa, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, is Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychopathology at Chieti University (Italy). Co-editor of the Series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry. Founding chair of the World Psychiatric Association Section on “Psychiatry and the Humanities” and of the European Psychiatric Association Section “Philosophy and Psychiatry”. Chair Scuola di Psicoterapia e Fenomenologia Clinica.

Venerable Hin Hung

Hong Kong

Venerable Sik Hin Hung MA (London) is a Buddhist monk ordained under the Mahayana tradition.  He is also the 45th generation lineage holder of LingJi (臨濟宗) and 10th generation lineage holder of Gui-yang(溈仰宗)Schools of Ch’an.  

His main interest is in ‘repackaging’ the Teachings of Buddhism so that it can become more ‘user friendly’ for people in today’s world.  He is the Director and one of the Founding Fellows of the Centre of Buddhist Studies of The University of Hong Kong where he also teaches as an Assistant Professor.  Ven. Hin Hung teaches meditation and also provides counselling and spiritual guidance for staff of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and the needy.  

He has published books and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, neuroscience of meditation, Buddhist education and personal growth.  The motto of the Awareness Spiritual Growth Centre founded by him is “Be mindful of your heart!”  His current research projects include: “Awareness Training Program”, “Dharma Therapy”, “and Guangdong Yuqie Yankou”.


Michael Loughlin


Michael Loughlin is a Professor in Applied Philosophy at the University of West London in the School of Biomedical Sciences, co-director of UWL’s European Institute for Person-Centred Care, and course leader for UWL’s MSc in Person-Centred Health and Social Care.  He is an Academic Visitor at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford Medical School and Project Director of the Literature Database Programme, at the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine’s College, Oxford. 

He has written extensively on the relationship between knowledge, science and value in clinical practice, defending a humanistic conception of rationality and science in practice.  As Associate Editor of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice he has edited several special issues on philosophical aspects of health care.  He is the editor of Debates in Values-based Practice: Arguments for and Against and Associate Editor of the Society’s journal, the European Journal for Person-Centered Healthcare.

Werdie Van Staden

South Africa

Werdie van Staden is Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, with a clinical attachment as honorary psychiatrist at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. He is chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee (IRB) at his university. He co-chairs the World Psychiatric Association’s Section for Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry. He is senior editor of Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, co-editor of the International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine; and managing editor of Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; and immediate past editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of Psychiatry.

He has been teaching an African version of Values Based Practice (VBP) since 2003 to medical students, medical specialists and various health practitioners for purposes of their continued professional development. He supervises a number of PhD-students and directs an MPhil-degree programme in philosophy and ethics of mental health.

Tim Thornton


Tim Thornton’s research concerns conceptual issues at the heart of mental health care. The philosophy of mental health and psychiatry is a rapidly developing area of collaboration by philosophers, clinicians (e.g. psychiatrists and mental health nurses) and mental health service users. Tim is a widely published international expert in this expanding field. He supervises PhD students in this and related areas of mental health and, with Gloria Ayob, he runs a Philosophy and Mental Health distance learning graduate programme at the University of Central Lancashire.

As well as contemporary philosophy of thought and language, Tim’s main research lies within the philosophy of psychiatry and concerns conceptual issues at the heart of mental healthcare. He is author of Essential Philosophy of Psychiatry (OUP 2007),Wittgenstein on Language and Thought (EUP 1998), John McDowell (Acumen 2004) and co-author of the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (OUP 2006) and Tacit Knowledge (Acumen 2013) and one of the co-editors of the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP 2013). 

Marcin Moskalewicz


Marcin Moskalewicz, Associate Professor and Head of Philosophy of Mental Health Unit at the Department of Social Sciences and the Humanities at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland; leads the Phenomenology and Mental Health Network at the Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Moskalewicz studied history and philosophy of science at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, University of California at Berkeley (2003) and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2005, 2007). Ph.D. in Philosophy of History in 2009 („European Doctorate“, summa cum laude), Habilitation in Philosophy, 2018 (Polish Academy of Sciences). Moskalewicz has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Texas A&M University (USA), a EURIAS Fellow at the Collegium Helveticum, University of Zurich/ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and a Fellow at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities); his current research concerns temporal experience in mental illness and cancer.  

Adriano Holanda


Adriano Holanda, Psychologist, PhD in Psychology and Professor at the Federal University of Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil), where he teaches in the Psychology course and in the Graduate Programs in Psychology and Education.

He coordinates the Laboratory of Phenomenology and Subjectivity (LabFeno / UFPR), and works with topics such as Mental Health, Clinical Epistemology, Professional Training, Religiosity, from the perspective of Husserlian Phenomenology.”  He coordinated Phenomenology Working Groups with the National Association of Research and Graduate Studies in Psychology (ANPEPP), between 2014 and 2020. Editor of the journals “Phenomenology, Humanities and Sciences” and “Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica”.

Anthony Fernandez


Anthony Fernandez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Kent State University and Research Fellow (part-time) in the Faculty of Philosophy at University of Oxford. His research is on classical and contemporary phenomenology, focusing especially on applications of phenomenology in psychiatry, psychology, and nursing. He also teaches courses in environmental and biomedical ethics as well as in the history of philosophy.