Workshop on Experiencing Beauty and Well-being: Some Perspectives from Theology, Philosophy and Psychology

A workshop led by: Tasia Scrutton and Mark Wynn

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds

Thursday 7 June, 2 – 4 pm.

Conference room, Leeds Church Institute

20 New Market Street (opposite the Corn Exchange)

Leeds, LS1 6DG

At this workshop, Tasia Scrutton and Mark Wynn will present and discuss some of the findings from their project on: Mental suffering, the experience of beauty and well-being. Some key questions addressed in the project are: what is the relationship between depression (and recovery from depression) and the experience of beauty? What are the implications for therapeutic practice? What is the significance of experience of beauty for spiritual well-being? How do theological and philosophical approaches to these questions compare with empirical perspectives?

The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in issues of mental health and spiritual well-being. It will serve as an opportunity to share the findings of the project with a wider audience and receive feedback and responses from participants. No prior familiarity with scholarly work on these themes will be presupposed.

The project was been funded by the Department of Philosophy, St Louis University, and the John Templeton Foundation. For more information, see:

To confirm attendance, please email:

Image Credit: Craftivist Collective @Flickr

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