Filip Maj

Lecturer - East London and Alice
PhD (Olsztyn), M.A, B.A. (Warsaw)
Areas of research and teaching
He has worked in the field of anthropological philosophy (self and identity), philosophy of the arts (creativity and therapy) and philosophy of medicine (health and bioethics). He is now particularly focused on the body issue and its legitimacy as a component of identity and selfhood (cognitive science, phenomenology, reism).
He obtained a PhD in philosophy at the University of Warmia and Mazury (Olsztyn) in 2013. He studied philosophy at the Université Paris-1 and University of Warsaw (B.A., 2003) and University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw (M.A., 2005). PhD thesis: On the Definitions of Health and Illness in Polish Philosophy of Medicine, Olsztyn 2013, 214 pages (supervisor: Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Kobierzycki; reviewers: Prof. dr hab. Wlodzimierz Tyburski, Prof. dr hab. Ewa Starzynska-Kosciuszko); M.A. thesis: The Creativity Issue in Henri Bergson’s Philosophy, Warsaw 2005, 77 pages (supervisor: Prof. dr hab. T. Klimski); B.A. thesis: The Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Creativity. Henri Bergson and Kazimierz D?browski, Warsaw 2003, 45 pages (supervisor: Prof. dr hab. Zofia Rosinska).
He taught philosophy at the University of Music in Warsaw (2009-2013: Ancient and Medieval, Enlightenment and Modern Philosophy; Aesthetics) and was an assistant lecturer and trainer in psychology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Trnava in Bratislava (2005-2012). He worked as a research assistant at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw (2009-2011). He taught psychology of creativity at La Salle. Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona (2008) and ethics, philosophy and cultural anthropology at Bogdan Janski College in Warsaw (2005-2007).
He completed training in musicotherapy and psychodrama (E. Galinska, PhD, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw) (2008-2010). He did a training-internship in psychology (2002-2004) at the University of Trnava in Bratislava (organiser: Stanislava Pritrska, MD, PhD; trainers: Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Kobierzycki, Dariusz Perszko, PhD).
He worked on a research project (2005-2010) lead by Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Kobierzycki carrying out tests (“Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire” 2001) analyzing creative profiles and developmental potentials in public artistic schools in Warsaw (cf. publication 2010).
He was engaged in a research project and training “Work on the Change of Attitude Towards Illness in Families with a Confirmed Predisposition to Genetic Cancer” (2003/2004), organised by E. Kilar (MD, PhD), D. Perszko, PhD and B. Borowska (MD) in Swidnica (cf. publication 2004).
He is a member of the Polish Society of Systematical Philosophy (Warsaw) from 2012 and Onco-life Team (Warsaw-Wroclaw) from 2005.
Selection of Publications
(1) co-author with R. Kozlowski, T. Kobierzycki, Living, Thinking, Believing, Slupsk 2014.
(2) co-editor with T. Kobierzycki, E. Kilar: Health and Illness in Society, Warsaw 2011.
(3) Introduction to Henri Bergson’s Philosophy of Creativity, Warsaw 2009.
(4) co-author with T. Kobierzycki, E. Kilar: Oncological Stress. Medical and Psychological Advice, Warsaw 2005.
Peer-reviewed articles
(1) “The Lucifer Effect: Ways of Axiologising Health and Illness as Good and Bad”, in: The Lucifer Effect in the Scientific Perspective (ed. A. Drabarek, Z. Król), National Defence University, Warsaw 2013, p. 234-245.
(2) “The Notions of Health and Illness in Ancient Greece”, in: Heterotopias of Thoughts (ed. P. Bytniewski, J. Brzecki, P. Skudrzyka), University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska, Lublin 2013, p. 295-306.
(3) “The Functions of Illness according to Michel Foucault”, Heksis 1+2/2011. 
(4) “Understanding the Rules of Disintegration and Deconstruction (K. Dabrowski and M. Foucault)”, Humanistyka i Przyrodoznawstwo 17/2011, p. 175-188.
(5) “Personality Development and Creative Profiles (On the Example of Cellists)”, Heksis 2/2010.
(6) “Psychoanalytical and Existential Issues of Creativity”, Humanistyka i Przyrodoznawstwo 15/2009, p. 143-154.
(7) “Epistemological Issues concerning Creativity – H. Elzenberg”, Dialogue and Universalism, 1-3/2008, p.175-185.
(8) “On the Method of Analysing Creativity – H. Elzenberg and K. Dabrowski”: Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of the Institute for Positive Disintegration in Human Development. Dabrowski in Gifted Education: Beyond Overexcitabilities, Canmore (Alberta, Canada) 2008.
(9) “Psychoanalysis and New Music”: Interdisciplinary Issues in Music – Dance - Art.  Music and the Humanities XI (ed. M. Demska-Tr?bacz), F. Chopin University of Music, Warsaw 2007, p. 47-60.
(10) “Psychological Comfort in Human Life”, in : Ochrana Zivota VII (ed. B. Chmelik, J. Boronova), Trnava 2006, p. 33-37.
(11) “Self-Comfort and Self-Actualization of Cancer Threatened Persons”, in: Genetical and Oncological Problems of Man (ed. T. Kobierzycki), Swidnica 2004, p. 49-63.