skip to primary navigationskip to content

Philosophy of Medicine Reading Group

This reading group is dedicated to new and old problems in philosophy of medicine. All are welcome.

Meetings take place on Tuesdays, 1–2pm, in Seminar Room 1.

Conveners: Tim Lewens, Stephen John, Jacob Stegenga, Anna Alexandrova

Lent Term 2018

Week 1 (23 January)

Boorse, Christopher. 'What a theory of mental health should be.' Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 6, no. 1 (1976): 61–84.

Week 2 (30 January)

Keyes, Corey LM, and Shane J. Lopez. 'Toward a science of mental health.' Handbook of Positive Psychology (2002): 45–59.

Week 3 (6 February)

Stein DJ, Phillips KA, Bolton D, Fulford KW, Sadler JZ, Kendler KS. 'What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? From DSM-IV to DSM-V.' Psychological Medicine 2010 11 40 1759–1765.

Week 4 (13 February)

Andersen, Holly. 'Mechanisms: what are they evidence for in evidence-based medicine?' 2012 Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 18: 992–999.

Week 5 (20 February)

Gillies, D. 'Evidence of mechanism in the evaluation of streptomycin and thalidomide.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 66 (2017) 55–62.

Week 6 (27 February)

Baetu, Tudor. 'The "Big Picture": The Problem of Extrapolation in Basic Research.' Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 67 (2016) 941–964.

Week 7 (6 March)

Sackett DL, Rosenberg WMC, et al. 'Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't.' BMJ 312 (1996) 71–72.

Guyatt G, Cairns J, Churchill D, et al. 'Evidence-Based Medicine: A New Approach to Teaching the Practice of Medicine.' JAMA 268 (1992) 2420–2425.

Week 8 (13 March)

Gillies, D. 'Hempelian and Kuhnian approaches in the philosophy of medicine: the Semmelweis case.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36(1) (2005) 159–181.