Iain McGilchrist

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Iain McGilchrist
McGilchrist in 2018
Occupation(s)Psychiatrist, writer, lecturer
Known forThe books The Master and His Emissary and The Matter with Things

Iain McGilchrist (born 1953)[1] is a psychiatrist, writer, and former Oxford literary scholar.[2] McGilchrist came to prominence after the publication of his book The Master and His Emissary, subtitled The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.[2]

McGilchrist read English at New College, Oxford and published Against Criticism in 1982.[3] He later trained in medicine and has been a neuroimaging researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in south London.[3] McGilchrist is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and has been elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford three times.[3]

According to his web site, in 2009 at the time The Master and His Emissary was published, McGilchrist worked privately as a consultant psychiatrist in London. He still lives on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of Scotland and continues to write, and to deliver many lectures and interviews.[4]

In 2021 McGilchrist published a new book of neuroscience, epistemology and metaphysics called The Matter with Things.[5][6]

Selected works[edit]

  • McGilchrist, Iain (24 May 1982). Against Criticism. London, England: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-11922-0. (Hardcover)
  • McGilchrist, I.; Cutting, J. (1995). "Somatic delusions in schizophrenia and the affective psychoses". British Journal of Psychiatry. Royal College of Psychiatrists. 167 (3): 350–361. doi:10.1192/bjp.167.3.350. PMID 7496644. S2CID 10976749. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  • McGilchrist, Iain (June 2009). "A Problem of Symmetries". Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 16 (2): 161–169. doi:10.1353/ppp.0.0236 (inactive 31 January 2024). Retrieved 6 February 2010.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of January 2024 (link) E-ISSN 1086-3303. Print ISSN 1071-6076.
  • McGilchrist, Iain (9 October 2009). The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. USA: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-14878-7. (Hardcover)
  • McGilchrist, Iain (15 July 2012). The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-1781815335. (Kindle ebook)
  • McGilchrist, Iain (27 July 2018). Ways of Attending: How our Divided Brain Constructs the World. Abingdon-on-Thames, England: Routledge. ISBN 978-1781815335. (Paperback)
  • McGilchrist, Iain (9 November 2021). The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World. UK: Perspectiva Press. ISBN 978-1-914568-06-0. (Hardcover, 2 volumes)


  1. ^ Staff (2019). "The Divided Brain". Paris Institute of Political Studies. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Kingerlee, Roger; Testa, Rita (2011). "Review of The Master and his Emissary". Neuropsychoanalysis. Karnac Books for the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society. 12 (2): 222–226.
  3. ^ a b c Staff (2009). "Scientific and Medical Network Annual Gathering 2009 (pdf)" (PDF). The Scientific and Medical Network. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  4. ^ McGilchrist, Iain (2009). "About Iain – Iain McGilchrist". iainmcgilchrist.com. Archived from the original on 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018. From the author's web site 'About' page.
  5. ^ Staff (2019). "About Iain – Iain McGilchrist". iainmcgilchrist.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  6. ^ Staff (2019). "A Day of Consciousness". The Weekend University. Archived from the original on 26 February 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2020.

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