Marcin Moskalewicz

junior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2015/2016
discipline Philosophy
Assistant Professor Poznan University of Medical Sciences

Research project

Pathologies of temporality. Abnormal experiences of time in mental disorders


The goal of my research project is to analyze temporal disturbances in mental disorders and, as a result, to create a phenomenological “map” of pathological experience of time. A map provided but the clock is insufficient, for as an abstraction of the lived time it is meaningless. What we urgently need is a phenomenological map of temporality encompassing pathological modes of experiencing time. Its major advantage would be cutting across existing classifications of mental disorders and avoiding untimely biological explanations.


The project is about to continue the tradition of philosophical-psychiatric reflections on time in mental disorders that started a century ago and concerned temporal disturbances in conditions such as:, depression, compulsive disorders, manic psychosis, schizophrenia, addictions and dementia. Unfortunately, the most sophisticated studies in phenomenology of time are lacking clinical references. On the other hand, existing classifications of mental disorders, DSM 5 and ICD 10 (as well as their older versions) give very little attention to the problem of temporality. This unfortunate gap between the abundance of theoretical reflections and the scarcity of their clinical references must be bridged. Bringing together conclusions stemming from phenomenological studies on temporality, categories of philosophy of history, and cultural studies on time, and applying them to clinical, empirical knowledge, both past and present, is the contribution that my project is supposed to make.


The most tangible result of the project will be a book, accessible to both humanists and mental health professionals. It would specifically answer two philosophical-medical questions: (i) Does there exist an original (value-free) notion of temporality against which particular pathologies could be assessed? And if such a notion is unattainable, what would be a healthy – this time in the normative sense – temporal relationship between past, present and future in an individual’s daily experience? (ii) Can temporal pathologies be interpreted as disorders in themselves, and not as epiphenomena built upon primary mental illnesses? If this appears to be the case, would such holistic interpretation be able to provide ground for uniting otherwise separated categories of mental disorders?




Marcin Moskalewicz is Assistant Professor at the Chair of the History of Medical Sciences at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. He holds a Ph.D in Philosophy of History defended in the European Doctorate framework. His mains areas of interest are hermeneutic phenomenology and its medical application, especially in psychiatry and psychotherapy, history of medicine and medical anthropology, especially history of psychiatry and concepts of disease, and philosophy of history in continental and Anglo-Saxon tradition. 

Selected publications


‘Disturbed Temporalities. Insights from Phenomenological Psychiatry’, in Time & Society, [online], published 29 March, 2015.


‘Die Sprache der Theologie und Philosophie im Dienst der Medizin (am Beispiel einiger psychiatrischer Begriffe von Ludwig Binswanger und Viktor Emil von Gebsattel)’, in F. Dross et al. (eds), Medizin und Sprache – die Sprache der Medizin, Peter Lang, 2015, pp. 169-184.


'Plurality of Worlds, Collectivity of Madness. The Perspective of Phenomenological Psychiatry, Fenomenologia, vol. 13, 2015, pp. 171-186. 


‘The old Nietschean question raised again: how much past do we need for having a healthy life?', Rethinking History, vol. 18, no. 4, 2014, pp. 556-568. 


Totalitaryzm, Narrracja, Tożsamość. Filozofia historii Hannah Arendt [Totalitarianism, Narrative, Identity. Hannah Arendt’s Philosophy of History], The Foundation for Polish Science Monograph Series, Torun, 2013. [in Polish]


'Konceptualizacja kategorii postępu we współczesnej, anglo-amerykańskiej historiografii nauk medycznych [Conceptualisation of the Category of Progress in Contemporary Anglo-Saxon Historiography of Medicine]', in B. Płonka-Syroka & A. Syroka (eds), Obrazy świata jako konstrukty kultury. Analiza historyczno-porównawcza, Wrocław, 2012, pp. 121-136. [in Polish]​


‘Medykalizacja: patogeneza i objawy [Medicalization: pathogenesis and symptoms]’, in Czas Kultury, vol.6, 2012, Theme Issue 'Demony Nauki' [Demons of Science], pp. 24-35. [in Polish]



junior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2016/2017
Collegium Helveticum
discipline Philosophy
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EURIAS promotion 2015/2016
Collegium Helveticum
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EURIAS promotion 2018/2019
Collegium Helveticum
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EURIAS promotion 2014/2015
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