Louise Braddock


I originally trained as a psychiatrist, then became a philosopher, gaining my PhD from the University of Reading in 2000. Between 2006 and 2017 I was a Bye-Fellow at Girton College at the University of Cambridge where I taught philosophy and lectured on the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychoanalysis. As an associate member of the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Oxford I have taught and lectured on the philosophy of social science.

2019 'Sympathy and Projection, and Why We Should Be Wary of Empathy'. In Eds Derek Matravers and Anik Waldow, Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: theoretical approaches and emerging challenges (Routledge).
2018 'Understanding Projective Identification'. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 25(2):65-79
2016 ‘Freud, Hegel and the Mind, and Philosophy as Retrieval’. In Eds Susanne Hermann-Sinai and Lucia Ziglioli, Hegel’s Philosophical Psychology (Routledge).
2013 ‘Priority setting in healthcare: from arbitrariness to societal values’ (jointly authored: Philippe Batifoulier, Louise Braddock, and John Latsis) Journal of Institutional Economics 9(1):61-80
2012 ‘Character, psychoanalytic identification, and numerical identity’. Ratio 25(1):1-18
2011 ‘Psychological Identification, Imagination, and Psychoanalysis'. Philosophical Psychology 24 (5):639-657 
2010 ‘Emotions, Interpretation and the Psychoanalytic Countertransference’. In Eds Dimitrina Spencer and James Davies, Anthropological Fieldwork: a Relational Process (Cambridge Scholars Press). 


I research across the two disciplines of philosophy and psychoanalysis, working with members of the London Philosophy-Psychoanalysis Group and with psychoanalytic colleagues in London and Sydney. I work on explaining concepts central to psychoanalysis: identification, ‘empathy’ and sympathy in the social sciences; imagination; the counter-transference in the psychoanalytic process; the philosophical understanding of clinical psychoanalytic observation; processes of psychic construction in the individual and, most recently, I convene an interdisciplinary network on Social Scientific Psychoanalysis to examine concepts and mechanisms of transmission between the individual and society.