Associate Professor ; Director of Medical Humanities
Department of Philosophy and Classics
Research area: Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Medicine (esp. Psychiatry); Philosophy of Mind/Psychology; Bioethics
Office: MH 4.03.42
Şerife Tekin was born in Turkey and she spent her childhood and adolescence on the Aegean coast hanging around the ruins of Ancient Greek Civilization. She likes to think that she is a philosopher because she stepped foot on the soils that the Greek gods, goddesses, and philosophers left their marks, inhaled the salty humid sea air they breathed in, and inhabited a sense of wonder that woke them up from the deepest sleeps everyday. She received her PhD in 2010 at York University in Toronto, with the dissertation, “Mad Narratives: Exploring Self-Constitutions Through the Diagnostic Looking Glass," following which she was a postdoctoral research fellow in Feminist Bioethics and Neuroethics at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada. After Dalhouise, she completed another postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to UTSA, she was an assistant professor and the Director of Medical Humanities Minor at Daemen College, in Amherst, NY. Her research in Philosophy of Psychiatry is at the cusp of feminist approaches to Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Ethics. In her work, she aims to expand psychiatric knowledge by supplementing existing scientific literature with a philosophical study of the first-person accounts of those with mental illness — a rich but rarely used resource. She uses philosophical tools to engage with the scientific and clinical literature on mental illness, philosophical literature on the self, and the ethical literature on what contributes to human flourishing and expand psychiatric knowledge that will ultimately lead to effective treatments of mental illness. It matters to her that her knowledge and skills have impact on real lives, whether in the classroom when she is teaching, or outside the classroom when she is mentoring. When she is not teaching or writing, she likes to run, ride her bike, cook, and see art.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, York University (2010).
M.A. in Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan (2010).
B.Sc. in Economics with minor in Philosophy, Middle East Technical University (2002).
2013-2018 PHI 102 Medicine, Culture, and the Self: Introduction to Medical Humanities
2013-2018 PHI 329 Magic and Science: Principles of Scientific Reasoning
2013-2018 PHI 321 Medical Ethics
2013-2018 PHI 247 Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry
2013-2018 PHI 110 Philosophical Thinking
2013-2014 PHI 457 Religious and Scientific Views of the World
2013-2014 PHI 232 Ambiguity of Human Experience
Instructor, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
2012 Critical Thinking
Instructor, York University, Canada
2008 Mind, Brain, and Self
2007 Philosophy of Psychology
Teaching Assistant, York University, Canada
2010 Social and Political Philosophy (Maloney)
2009 Applied Ethics (King)
2008 Locke, Berkeley, and Hume (Empiricism) (Jopling)
2007 Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz (Rationalism) (Jopling)
2007 Human Nature (King)
2007 Social and Political Philosophy (Kompridis)
2007 Introduction to Philosophy (Maclachlan)
2006 Social Introduction to Philosophy (Veltman)
2005 Existentialism (Hattiangadi)
2004 Meaning of Life (Jackman)
Teaching Assistant, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
2003 Political Philosophy (Crossley)
2002 Ethics (O’Hagan)
Teaching Assistant, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
2001- 2002 Economic History and Civilization 1-2 (Yildirim)
EDITED BOOKS (Refereed)
Tekin, Ş., and Bluhm, R. 2019. Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic Press.
Poland, J., and Tekin, Ş. 2017. Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research.
MIT Press. Cambridge, MA.
Trachsel, M., Tekin, Ş., Biller- Andorno, N., Gaab, J., Sadler, J. Under contract. Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy
Ethics. Oxford University Press. Oxford, England.
EDITED JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES (Refereed)
JOURNAL ARTICLES (Refereed)
BOOK CHAPTERS (Refereed)
Tekin, Ş. 2017. Looking for the Self in Psychiatry: Perils and Promises of Phenomenology-Neuroscience Partnership in Schizophrenia Research. In Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research, Poland, J. and Tekin, Ş., eds. MIT University Press, 249-266.
Lutcher Brown Distinguished Professor
American Philosophical Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry
Canadian Philosophical Association
Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy
International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry
Philosophy of Science Association
Society for Philosophy and Psychology
Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology
Main Office: MH 4.05.30
Department of Philosophy and Classics
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