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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. In his thesis Letheby argues that an ‘entheogenic conception’ of psychedelics as agents of epistemic and spiritual benefit is both consistent with philosophical naturalism and plausible in light of current scientific knowledge. Having been awarded his PhD in early 2017, he is currently teaching philosophy at the University of Adelaide and logic at Eynesbury College, while continuing to conduct research on philosophical issues relating to psychedelics.
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 2017 Letheby, C. (2017). NATURALIZING PSYCHEDELIC SPIRITUALITY. Zygon, 52(3), 623-642.
2017 Letheby, C., & Gerrans, P. (2017). Self unbound: ego dissolution in psychedelic experience. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 3(1), 1-11.
DOI Europe PMC2
2016 Letheby, C. (2016). The epistemic innocence of psychedelic states. Consciousness and Cognition, 39, 28-37.
DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC5
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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