Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science by Harold KincaidEstablishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science by Harold Kincaid

Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science

EditorHarold Kincaid

Paperback | November 17, 2010

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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
Title:Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:November 17, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction; H. Kincaid & J. McKitrick. 2. Normality, Disease and Enhancement; T. Benditt. 3. Holistic Theories of Health as Applied to Non-human Living Beings; L. Nordenfelt. 4: The Spread of Disease: How to Understand and Resolve a Dispute About the Reality of Disease; R. D'Amico. 5. Decision and Discovery in Defining Disease; P. Schwartz. 6. Race and Scientific Reduction; M. Risjord. 7. Towards an Adequate Account of Genetic Disease; K. Smith. 8: Why Disease Persist: An Evolutionary Nosology; R. Perlman. 9. Creating Mental Illness in Nondisordered Community Populations; A. Horwitz. 10. Gender Identity Disorder; J. McKitrick. 11. Clinical Trails as Nomological Machines: Implications for Evidence Based Medicine; R. Bluhm. 12. The Social Epistemology of NIH Consensus Conferences; M. Solomon. 13. Maternal Agency and the Immunological Paradox of Pregnancy; M. Howes. 14. Violence and Public Health; J. Kaplan. 15. Take Equipoise Seriously: The Failure of Clinical Equipoise or Community Equipoise to Resolve the Ethical Dilemmas in Randomized Clinical Trials; F. Gifford.

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From the reviews:".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)