Causality in/and Medicine: Symposium

A symposium on Causality in/and Medicine will be held at the Conference on Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLPS13), 16-18 September 2013, at Ghent University, Belgium.

The concept of causality is of central importance to (the philosophy of) medicine. In medical diagnosis one infers from the presence of a set of symptoms to the possible diseases by which they may be caused. A central goal of medical research is to find the cause(s) of diseases. A central tenet of evidence-based medicine is that drugs and therapies should be tested for their causal effectiveness (and possible side-effects, etc.) on the basis of solid and reliable evidence. We invite contributions in which the relations between causality and medicine are explored. Which concept of causality best suits medical practice? What is the use of causal knowledge in medicine? What evidence can be used to infer causal relations in medicine? etc.

An abstract in PDF format (between 500 and 1000 words) should be uploaded using Easychair before 1 April 2013. Notifications of decisions will be made 15 May 2013. More information about how to submit and a link to the EasyChair page can be found here:

About Alex Broadbent

Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg