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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Tuesdays at 1pm – HPS Teams Channel 3.09 ('Philosophy of Medicine Reading Group')

Organisers: Anna Alexandrova, Stephen John and Tim Lewens. Please send any questions/comments to Stephen John (sdj22).

We meet each week to discuss papers in the Philosophy of Medicine, broadly construed. We are open to students and staff in HPS and other departments. Participants are expected to read papers before the session, although normally a session leader gives a short introduction to that week's reading.

Easter Term 2021: Vaccine Hesitancy

This term we will spend weeks 1–4 reading Maya Goldenberg's exciting (and timely!) new book, Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War on Science (University of Pittsburgh Press).

  • Week 1 (4 May): Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2
  • Week 2 (11 May): Chapters 3 and 4
  • Week 3 (18 May): Chapter 5
  • Week 4 (25 May): Chapter 6 and conclusion

Weeks 5–8 will provide an opportunity for contributors to present their own works-in-progress; please contact Stephen John (sdj22) if you are keen to present.