School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Dr Chris Letheby is a philosopher working on issues related to the therapeutic and transformative potential of classic psychedelic drugs. His doctoral research, conducted at the University of Adelaide, presented the first systematic analysis of psychedelic experience within the framework of 21st century philosophy of cognitive science. He is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Adelaide on the Australian government-funded project 'Philosophical Perspectives on Psychedelic Psychiatry'.
Date Position Institution name 2019 - ongoing Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide 2018 - ongoing Lecturer University of Western Australia
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Distinction Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia — 2013 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2009 Scholarship CAPPE Network of Degrees in Ethics, Human Rights and Institutions - Exchange Scholarship Lancaster University United Kingdom —
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD 2011 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia MPhil 2007 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia BA
Year Citation 2022 Letheby, C., & Mattu, J. (2022). Philosophy and classic psychedelics: A review of some emerging themes. Journal of Psychedelic Studies, 5(3), 166-175.
2022 Letheby, C. (2022). Psychedelics, atheism, and naturalism: myth and reality. Journal of Consciousness Studies: controversies in science and the humanities. 2022 Letheby, C. (2022). Naturalistic Entheogenics: Précis of Philosophy of Psychedelics. Philosophy and the Mind Sciences. 2022 Letheby, C. (2022). Naturalizando la epistemología psicodélica. Reflexiones Marginales. 2021 Timmermann, C., Kettner, H., Letheby, C., Roseman, L., Rosas, F. E., & Carhart-Harris, R. L. (2021). Psychedelics alter metaphysical beliefs. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 22166-1-22166 -13.
2020 Letheby, C. E. (2020). Being for no-one: psychedelic experience and minimal subjectivity. Philosophy and the mind sciences, 1(1), 1-26.
2020 Amada, N., Lea, T., Letheby, C., & Shane, J. (2020). Psychedelic experience and the narrative self an exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 27(9-10), 6-33.
2017 Letheby, C. (2017). NATURALIZING PSYCHEDELIC SPIRITUALITY. Zygon, 52(3), 623-642.
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2017 Letheby, C., & Gerrans, P. (2017). Self unbound: ego dissolution in psychedelic experience. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 2017(1), nix016-1-nix016-11.
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2016 Letheby, C. (2016). The epistemic innocence of psychedelic states. Consciousness and Cognition, 39, 28-37.
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2015 Letheby, C. (2015). The philosophy of psychedelic transformation. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 22(9-10), 170-193.
2012 Letheby, C. (2012). In defence of embodied cognition: a reply to Fred Adams. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11(3), 403-414.
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— Letheby, C. (n.d.). Naturalistic Entheogenics: Précis of Philosophy of Psychedelics.
Year Citation 2023 Letheby, C., & Gerrans, P. (Eds.) (2023). Philosophical Perspectives on the Psychedelic Renaissance. Oxford University Press. 2021 Letheby, C. (2021). Philosophy of Psychedelics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Year Citation 2022 Letheby, C. (2022). Psychedelics and meditation: a neurophilosophical perspective. In R. Repetti (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Meditation (pp. 16 pages). Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge.
2019 Letheby, C. (2019). The varieties of psychedelic epistemology. In N. Wyrd, D. Luke, A. Tollan, C. Adams, & D. King (Eds.), Psychedelicacies: more food for thought from Breaking Convention. London, UK: Strange Attractor Press.
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