Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable

7th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable:
Medicine, Public Health and Healthcare

June 23-24, 2017
University of Toronto

Local Organizers: Jonathan Fuller, Benjamin Chin-Yee and Ross Upshur.

Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable Scientific Committee: Rachel Ankeny, Alexander Bird, Alex Broadbent, Havi Carel, Fred Gifford, Harold Kincaid, Miriam Solomon, Julian Reiss, Jeremy Simon, David Teira.

Ruggles Lecture in the Philosophy of Medicine
Maya Goldenberg (Guelph University), “Reframing the Problem of Vaccine Hesitancy”

Keynote, Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable
Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo), “Explaining Mental Illness”


Alex Broadbent (University of Johannesburg), “What Are Doctors Good At?”

James Krueger (University of Redlands), “Treatment, Cure, and Care”

Jonathan Fuller (University of Toronto), “Medicine Lost in ‘Translation’: The Structure and Aim of Medical Science”

Sean Valles (Michigan State University), “Linking Individual Health and Population Health with a Life Course Concept of Health”

Lynette Reid (Dalhousie University), ““Modes of this Complex Form of Life”: Concepts and Inductive Kinds in Medicine”

Juliette Ferry (Université Paris-Sorbonne), “Toward a Dialogue Between Phenomenology of Medicine and Naturalism”

Margherita Benzi (University of Eastern Piedmont) and Mattia Andreoletti (European Institute of Oncology), “Assessing Causality of Adverse Events During Early-Phase Cancer Clinical Trials: A Philosophical Perspective”

Sarah Wieten (Durham University), “Putting Rigour Back into Pragmatic Trials” (coauthor: Donal Khosrowi (Durham University))

Mary Walker (Monash University), “Population-Level Evidence and Patient-Specific Medical Devices: Evaluating Interventions with Inherent Variation”

Mark Tonelli (University of Washington), “Epistemology of Precision Medicine” (coauthor: Brian Shirts (University of Washington))

Lindley Darden (University of Maryland, College Park), “Representing and Discovering Disease Mechanisms”

Samantha Copeland (NMBU), “Effectual and Mechanistic Reasoning in Medical Research: The Case of Deep Brain Stimulation”

Angela Coventry (Portland State University) and Bryan Cwik (Portland State University), “Locke’s Philosophy of Medicine”

Cecilia M. Calderón-Aguilar (UNAM), “The Place of Surgery in the Philosophy of Medicine” (coauthor: Arantza Etxeberria-Agiriano (UPV/EHU))

Laura Cupples (University of South Carolina), “Patient-Reported Outcome Measures, Conceptual Convergence, and Implications for Policy Making”

Saana Jukola (Bielefeld University), “On Contested Science and the Ideals for Evidence – The Case of Nutrition Research”

Anke Bueter (Leibniz Universität Hannover), “Sex, Drugs, and How to Deal with Criticism: The Case of Flibanserin” (coauthor: Saana Jukola (Bielefeld University))

Atocha Aliseda (UNAM), “Clinical Reasoning as an Integrative Task”

Abraham Schwab (IPFW), “Robust Epistemic Humility”

Elisabetta Lalumera (Università di Milano-Bicocca), “Over-Utilization of Diagnostic Imaging: Conceptual Issues”

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6th Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable Understanding Disease and Illness

Took place August 11-12, 2015
University of Bristol

A report of the first day of the conference is available here:

A report of the second day of the conference is available here:

Audio recordings of many (although unfortunately not all) of the presentations are available here:

August 11-12, 2015
University of Bristol

Keynote speakers: Rachel Cooper (Lancaster) and Trish Greenhalgh (Oxford).

We will endeavour to enable access to all. Please let the conference administrator, Ms Jess Farr-Cox ( know if you have any access requirements.

For more information, full program, and to register:

Enquiries should be directed to the conference administrator, Jess Farr-Cox (

Scientific committee: Rachel Ankeny, Alexander Bird, Alex Broadbent, Havi Carel, Fred Gifford, Harold Kincaid, Miriam Solomon, Julian Reiss, Jeremy Simon, David Teira.

This roundtable is supported by the Wellcome Trust, as part of the Life of Breath project (

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The 5th Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable conference was held Nov. 20-21, 2013 at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Keynote Speakers were Rita Charon, Columbia University and Ross Upshur, University of Toronto.

Other presenters were:

Erik Angner, George Mason University
Rachel Ankeny, University of Adelaide
Nina Atanasova, University of Cincinnati
Chris Blunt, LSE
Kirstin Borgerson,  Dalhousie University
Jennifer A. Bulcock, Rice University
Michael Cournoyea, University of Toronto
Helena Drage, King’s College, London
Lydia du Bois, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Antoine C. Dussault and Anne-Marie Gagné-Julien, University of Montreal
Maya Goldenberg, University of Guelph
William Goodwin, University of South Florida
Susan Hawthorne, St. Catherine University
Tobias Huber
Maël Lemoine, University of Tours (France)
Hanna van Loo, University of Groningen
Leah McClimans, University of South Carolina
Lauren Ross, University of Pittsburgh
Cristian Saborido, UNED, Juan Carlos Hernández-Clemente, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and María González-Moreno, CEU San Pablo
Sean Valles, Michigan State University

**Schedule available here**

The 2013 Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable was sponsored by:

The Center for Bioethics, Columbia University

With additional Support from:

The Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University



The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science