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Curriculum Vitae


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).

Recent Courses

Undergraduate courses

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)

Research in Progress


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.

Recent Publications


  • Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. In Press. Guest Editors for Psychiatry and Its Philosophy. Special Issue, Synthese.
  • Tabb, K. and Tekin, Ş. 2018. Guest Editors for Pittsburgh Philosophy of Psychiatric Science. Special Issue, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology; Volume 25, Number 4.


  • Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. In Press. Beyond Mind-Body Dualism: Embracing Pluralism in Psychiatric Research – Introduction to the Special Issue, ‘Psychiatry and its Philosophy.’ Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-1836-2.
  • Tekin, Ş., In press. The Missing Self in Scientific Psychiatry, Synthese, DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1324-0.
  • Tekin, Ş., Outram, S. 2018. Overcoming Mental Disorder Stigma: A Short Analysis of Patient Memoirs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice; DOI 10.1111/jep.13009.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2016. Are Mental Disorders Natural Kinds? A Plea for a New Approach to Intervention in Psychiatry. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, Volume 23, No: 2, 147-163.
  • Tekin, Ş., and Mosko, M. 2015. Hyponarrativity and Context-Specific Limitations of the DSM-5. Public Affairs
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. A Perfect Storm: Health, Disorder, Culture, and the Self. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 21 (2), 165-168.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. Self-Insight in the Time of Mood Disorders: After the Diagnosis, Beyond the Treatment. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 21 (2), 139-155.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. Psychiatric Taxonomy: At the Crossroads of Science and Ethics. Journal of Medical Ethics; 40, 513 – 514.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2013. How does the Self Adjudicate Narratives? Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, Volume: 20, No:1, 25–28.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2011. Self-Concept through the Diagnostic Looking Glass: Narratives and Mental Disorder. Philosophical Psychology, 24:3, 357–380.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2009. Hacking’s “Looping Effects of Human Kinds” after 13 Years: An Analysis. Felsefe Tartismalari: A Turkish Journal of Philosophy, 42, 58–66.


  • Tekin, Ş. Forthcoming. Patients as Experienced-Based Experts in Psychiatry: Insights from the Natural Method. In The Natural Method: Ethics, Mind & Self, Themes from the Work of Owen Flanagan. MIT Press.
  • Tekin, Ş., Bluhm, R. 2019. Introduction to Philosophy of Psychiatry. In Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic Press.
  • Tekin, Ş., 2018. Brain Mechanisms and the Disease Model of Addiction: Is it the Whole Story of the Addicted Self? A Philosophical-Skeptical Perspective. In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction, Pickard, H and Ahmed, S.H. eds., Routledge Press, 401-410.
  • Tekin, Ş., Flanagan, O.J., Graham, G. 2017. Against the Drug Cure Model: Addiction, Identity, and Pharmaceuticals (with Owen Flanagan, and George Graham). In Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics: Development, Dispensing, and Use, Ho, D., ed., Springer Press, 221-236.
  • Tekin, Ş and Poland, J. 2017. Introduction: Psychiatric Research and Extraordinary Science. In Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research. (Poland, J., and Tekin, Ş. Eds.) MIT Press. Cambridge, MA, 1-14. Quarterly, Volume 29, No: 1, 111-136.
  • 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.

  • Stegenga, J., Kennedy, A.G., Tekin, Ş., Jukola, S., Bluhm, R. 2016. New Directions in Philosophy of Medicine. The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine. James Marcum (ed.) Bloomsbury Academic Press, 343-367.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2015. Against Hyponarrating Grief: Incompatible Research and Treatment Interests in the DSM-5. The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, P. Singy and S. Demazeux, eds., History, Philosophy and the Theory of the Life Sciences Series, Volume 10, Springer Press, 179-197.
  • Tekin, Ş. 2014. The Missing Self in Hacking’s Looping Effects. Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Kinds and Natural Kinds, H. Kincaid and J. A. Sullivan, eds., MIT Press, 227–256.

Additional Information


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


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