Final Program

10th Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies
University of Bologna
Via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna (IT)

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7 June 2023 (Associated Symposia)

14:30-14:45 – Registration

14:45-15:00 – Welcome

15.00-16.45 – Symposium: From Evidence Based Medicine to Evidence Based Psychiatry? (Organized and sponsored by University of Bologna and University of Genoa)
Chairs: Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa), Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham), Elisabetta Lalumera (University of Bologna)

– Introduction by Cristina Amoretti, Elisabetta Lalumera and Lisa Bortolotti
– Konrad Banicki (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland), Cognitive-behavioral therapy as evidence-based practice. Between the nomothetic and the idiographic
– Anneli Jefferson (Cardiff University, UK), Evidence for what? The link between treatment and explanation of a disorder
– Sam Wilkinson (University of Exeter, UK), Status and realisation in psychiatry and medicine

16.45-17.15 – BREAK   

17.15-19.00 – Symposium: Extending lifespan: Theoretical, ethical and socio-economic aspects (Organized and sponsored by Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”)
Chairs: Margherita Benzi (Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Vercelli), Alessandro Blasimme (ETH Zurich)

– Introduction by Alessandro Blasimme and Margherita Benzi 
– Marco Canevelli (Università “La Sapienza”, Roma) Healthy ageing: from disease-centered to function-oriented models of care
– Cristian Saborido (UNED, Madrid) Is aging a disease? The theoretical definition of aging in the light of the philosophy of medicine


8 June 2023

9:00 – 9:15 – Registration

9:30 – 9:45 – Welcome

9:45 – 11:15 – Session 1 – Chair: Jeremy Simon (Columbia University)

Elena Popa (Jagellonian University), Values in public health: An argument from trust

Chris Zajner (University of Western Ontario), Societal influences on psychosurgery: Values guidingits adoption, demise, and return

Celia Martinaz Gonzalez (University of Oviedo), Precision medicine without precise concepts: onkeeping or abandoning race in biomedical science

11:15 – 11:30 – BREAK

11:30 – 13:00 – Session 2 – Chair: Jonathan Fuller (University of Pittsburgh)

Sarah Yvonnet and Karin Tybjerg (University of Copenhagen), Physiological or anatomical: New approaches in diabetes and cancer

Matteo Zanetti (University of Verona), Different types of losses in acute and chronic conditions

Nick Binney (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam), Does a diagnostic test need to be accurate to be useful?

13:00 – 14:00 – LUNCH

14:00 – 15:30 – Poster session

Elena Rocca (Oslo Metropolitan University) and Rani Lill Anjum (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Tackling incomplete causal knowledge. Evidence, philosophical BIAS and decision making in health emergencies

Fridolin Gross (Université de Bordeaux), Cancer and complexity

Min-Jung Cheng, Karen Yan (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan), -Yong Alison

Wang (Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center, Taipei, Taiwan) and Rong-San JiangTaichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan), Idealized patient models in patient centered care

Simon Brausch (Max Planck Institute), The epistemic importance of standardised quality assessment as a technology of transparency”

Stefano Canali (Politecnico di Milano), Personalising medicine through digital technology

15:30 – 16:45 – Keynote Speaker 1: Fedro Alessandro Peccatori (IEO), Of genetics, fertility and oncohumanities: an oncologist viewpoint

Chair: Giovanni Boniolo (University of Ferrara)

16:45 – 17:00 – BREAK

17:00 -19:00 – Session 3 – Chair: Elisabetta Lalumera (University of Bologna)

Yafeng Wang (Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences) [online], Managing epistemic risk in psychiatric disease definition: An institutional analysis

Elena Bossini and Fabio Bacchini (University of Sassari), Orthorexia nervosa: Nosographic category or not?

Hugh Robertson-Ritchie (University of Kent), The philosophical and practical advantages of the Dynamic Network Model’ for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyopathy compared to other commonly-used models

Quinn Hiroshi Gibson (Clemson University), Depression, intelligibility, and non-rational causation

19:30 – Social dinner


9 June 2023

8:30 – 10:30 – Session 4: Chair: Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)

Rivkah Hatchwell (King’s College London), Against the universal P-Value: lessons from epistemology

Rik van der Linden, Maartje Schermer (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam), Conceptual (re-) engineering health: a historical-philosophical analysis of the concept of positive health

Ilana Raburn (King’s College London), Metaphysics of disease: The problem of disease transmutation

Nicholas Makins (King’s College London) and Ina Jäntgen (University of Cambridge), When risk matters: the dominance of risks over outcome measures

10:30 – 12:00 – Session 5: Chair: Daniele Molinini (University of Bologna)

Dammann Olaf (Tufts University), Uncertain medicine

Stephen John (University of Cambridge), Uncertainty, non-maleficence and screening

Jonathan Fuller (University of Pittsburgh), Multifactorial etiology and epidemiological medicine

12:00 – 12:15 – BREAK

12:15 – 13:30 – Keynote Speaker 2: Anya Plutynski (Washington University in St. Louis), What is

Complex Disease? Complexity & Modeling as Tools in Psychiatry and Oncology

Chair: Raffaella Campaner (University of Bologna)

13:30 – 14:30 – LUNCH

14:30 – 16:30 – Session 6: Chair: David Teira (UNED)

Mariusz Maziarz (Jagiellonian University), Using negative mechanistic evidence to distinguish

causal effects from spurious correlations

Saul Perez Gonzalez (University of Valencia) and Mattia Andreoletti (ETH Zurich), Evidential

pluralism in drug regulation

Euzebiusz Jamrozik (Oxford University), Microbial determinism in infectious diseases: specificity

and stability of causal relationships between microbes and human hosts

Hannah Allen (University of Utah) [online], On the status of luck in cancer disparities

16:30 – 16:45 – BREAK

16:45 – 18:45 – Session 7: Chair: Francesco Bianchini

Claudio Davini (University of Pisa), Etiological naturalism in medicine: A shaky project

Michaela Egli (University of Geneva), What clinical evidence do we need? Two arguments from the

epistemic asymmetry of ideal and non-ideal clinical trials

Sara Purinton (University of Pennsylvania) [online], Indeterminate disability: A dilemma

Lukas J. Meier (University of Cambridge) [online], Modelling complex problems in the philosophy

of medicine

18:45 – 19:00 – Concluding remarks

Scientific Committee

Atocha Aliseda, Rachel Ankeny, Robyn Bluhm, Giovanni Boniolo, Kirstin Borgerson, Raffaella Campaner, Jonathan Fuller, Maël Lemoine, Jeremy Simon, and Sean Valles

Local organizing committee

Raffaella Campaner (chair), Francesco Bianchini, Elisabetta Lalumera, Daniele Molinini