Iain McGilchrist

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Iain McGilchrist
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McGilchrist in 2018
OccupationPsychiatrist, writer, lecturer
Known forThe book The Master and His Emissary

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, but having published Against Criticism in 1982,[3] he later retrained 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 three times been elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.[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 2019 it was reported that McGilchrist has been working on a new book of epistemology and metaphysics, The Matter With Things, which will be published by Penguin Random House.[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. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  • 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 May 2021). Retrieved 2010-02-06.CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of May 2021 (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)


  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 2009-12-22.
  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". ianmcgilchrist.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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