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Will Britt, PhD is an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. Will Britt (BA, Yale; PhD, Boston College) has taught philosophy for a decade at Boston College and at Loyola Marymount University, where he was a Bellarmine Postdoctoral Fellow. His first book, A Disposition for the Truth (forthcoming), contends that an ontological version of basic trust is what both allows us to distinguish truth from falsity in a minimally coherent, shared world, and enables our deeply conflicted love of truth. He has also published in Ancient PhilosophySophia, and on Freud in Deleuze Studies. In conversation with Freudian psychoanalysis and phenomenological psychiatry, his current book seeks a unified account of psychotic spectrum disorders as experiences of the radical betrayal of that basic trust, with accompanying distortions of the sufferer’s relation to truth. Such an account helps to make sense of psychotherapy’s role (as built on relationships of trust) in aiding recovery from psychosis.