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Philosophy and Medicine

Establishing Medical Reality

Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science

Editors: Kincaid, Harold, McKitrick, Jennifer (Eds.)

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Medicine raises numerous philosophical issues. Most discussed have been debates in bioethics. Yet contemporary medicine is also a rich source of controversies and examples that raise important issues in philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and metaphysics. This volume approaches the philosophy of medicine from the broad naturalist perspective that holds that philosophy must be continuous with, constrained by, and relevant to empirical results of the natural and social sciences and that believes that the history, sociology, politics, and ethics of science provide relevant information for philosophical analysis. One traditional topic covered by several of the contributions is the nature of disease, but the approach is largely from the philosophy of science rather than traditional linguistic analysis. The complex interplay of epistemological and sociological factors in producing evidence in medicine is discussed by chapters on collective medical discussion making, experimental medicine, " genetic" diseases, mental illness, and race and gender categories. The upshot is a volume that ties medicine to contemporary issues in philosophy of science and metaphysics like no other.

‘…An excellent collection of essays in the philosophy of medicine. Whereas most philosophical work about medicine has been concerned with medical ethics, this volume focuses more on key questions in epistemology and metaphysics, although many of these are also relevant to ethical issues. Some of the chapters are among the best I have read in the philosophy of medicine on their respective topics.’

Professor Paul Thagard, Philosophy Department, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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"…An excellent collection of essays in the philosophy of medicine. Whereas most philosophical work about medicine has been concerned with medical ethics, this volume focuses more on key questions in epistemology and metaphysics, although many of these are also relevant to ethical issues. Some of the chapters are among the best I have read in the philosophy of medicine on their respective topics." (Professor Paul Thagard, Philosophy Department, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada)

“Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science contains exactly what its sub-title promises: a collection of essays on topics in the philosophy of medicine. … In sum, this collection contains a number of clear and thoughtful essays on core issues in the philosophy of medicine, particularly issues related to health and disease. … Bioethicists with an interest in metaphysical and epistemological issues within medicine … would be well served by reading this collection … .” (Kirstin Borgerson, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, January, 2010)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-11

    Kincaid, Harold (et al.)

  • Normality, Disease and Enhancement

    Pages 13-21

    Benditt, Theodore M.

  • Holistic Theories of Health as Applicable to Non-Human Living Beings

    Pages 23-34

    Nordenfelt, Lennart

  • Disease and the Concept of Supervenience

    Pages 35-45

    D’amico, Robert

  • Decision and Discovery in Defining ‘Disease’

    Pages 47-63

    Schwartz, Peter H.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Establishing Medical Reality
Book Subtitle
Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science
Editors
  • Harold Kincaid
  • Jennifer McKitrick
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
90
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5216-3
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5216-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5215-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7312-9
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 240
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