Philosophical perspectives on medical knowledge

Philosophical Perspectives on Medical Knowledge

28 May 2019

Department of Classics, Philosophy and History – Philosophy Section
University of Genoa, Italy

Conference Program (provisional)

9.00-9.30 – Registration
9.30-9.40 – Introduction

 – Miriam Solomon (Temple University): On validators for psychiatric categories

 – Break

 – Michael Wilde (University of Kent): A defence of medical consensus conferences
12.00-12.50 – Georgie H. Mills (Tilburg University): Diagnostic injustice

Lunch @ Mentelocale

14.00-14.50 – Insa Lawler (Ruhr University Bochum) & Georg Zimmermann (Paracelsus Medical University & Paris Lodron University of Salzburg): Misalignment between research hypotheses and statistical hypotheses – A threat to evidence-based medicine?
14.50-15.40 – Jon Williamson (University of Kent): Evidential proximity, independence, and the evaluation of carcinogenicity


 – Alexander Kremling (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg): Two interventionist types of causal arguments in medical etiology
17.00-17.50 – Daniel Auker-Howlett (University of Kent): Evaluating “Evaluating evidence of mechanisms in medicine”

18.30 Drink in the historical center
20.00 Dinner @ Il Cadraio


Organizing Committee

  • Cristina Amoretti
  • Davide Serpico

Scientific Committee

  • Cristina Amoretti, University of Genoa
  • Mattia Andreoletti, University of Turin
  • Margherita Benzi, University of Eastern Piedmont
  • Raffaella Campaner, University of Bologna
  • Daniele Chiffi, Polytechnic University of Milan
  • Vincenzo Crupi, University of Turin
  • Marcello Frixione, University of Genoa
  • Joel Krueger, University of Exeter
  • Elisabetta Lalumera, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Mael Lemoine, University of Bordeaux
  • Carlo Martini, University of Helsinki
  • Alessandro Pagnini, Universuty of Florence
  • Valentina Petrolini, University of Parma
  • Julieta Rabanos, University of Genoa
  • Ginny Russell, University of Exeter
  • Federica Russo, University of Amsterdam
  • James Stark, University of Leeds
  • Vera Tripodi, University of Turin
  • Jeroen Van Bouwel, Ghent University
  • Alfredo Vernazzani, Ruhr University of Bochum
  • Marco Viola, University of Turin
  • Federico Zuolo, University of Genoa

Organized under the auspices of:
Department of Classics, Philosophy and History, Philosophy Section, University of Genoa
PhilHeaD – Research Center in Philosophy of Health and Disease

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The one-day workshop Philosophical Perspectives on Medical Knowledge will focus on medical knowledge broadly construed. We seek contributions on the following topics (although other related topics can be considered):

  • Causal Explanation
  • Consensus Conferences
  • Etiological Explanation
  • Evidence in Medicine and Psychiatry
  • Mechanistic Explanation
  • Medical and Psychiatric Classification
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Neurobiological Explanation and Psychiatry
  • Medical model in Psychiatry
  • Social Epistemology and Medicine
  • Translational Medicine

Paper presentations will be 50 minutes including the Q&A. Submit a short abstract (max. 500 words) by the 1st March 2019. Abstracts are supposed to sketch the main argument of the talks, including conclusions and major implications. Please submit your abstract to as an email attachment. The email subject shall be “Philosophical Perspectives on Medical Knowledge 2018[SURNAME OF AUTHOR]”. Please make sure that information on the identity of the authors (name, email address, and affiliation) are not included in the attachment, but only in the body of the email. The attachment should contain a blind version of the abstract for the sake of the double-blind review process. Each abstract will be assigned to two reviewers. Contributions from members of underrepresented groups are especially welcome. Decision on acceptance for presentation at the workshop will be made by the 20th March 2019.

Submission deadline: 1st March 2019
Notification on decision: 20th March 2019
Conference date: 28th May 2019