Medical knowledge in a social world: Introduction to the special issue

Bennett Holman, Sven Bernecker, Luciana Garbayo

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Philosophy of medicine has traditionally examined two issues: the scientific ontology for medicine and the epistemic significance of the types of evidence used in medical research. In answering each question, philosophers have typically brought to bear tools from traditional analytic philosophy. In contrast, this volume explores medical knowledge from the perspective offered by social epistemology. While many of the same issues are addressed, the approach to these issues generates both fresh questions and new insights into old debates. In addition, the broader purview offered by social epistemology opens up opportunities to address new topics such as the role of consensus conferences, epistemic injustice, the value of medical knowledge, continuing medical education, and industry funding. This article situates and summarizes the contributions to this special issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4351-4361
Number of pages11
JournalSynthese
Volume196
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 1

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medicine
medical research
ontology
funding
industry
evidence
Values
education
philosophy
Social Worlds
Medical Knowledge
Social Epistemology
Question Answering
Philosophy of Medicine
Consensus Conference
Medicine
Analytic philosophy
Industry
Epistemic Injustice

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  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Holman, Bennett ; Bernecker, Sven ; Garbayo, Luciana. / Medical knowledge in a social world : Introduction to the special issue. In: Synthese. 2019 ; Vol. 196, No. 11. pp. 4351-4361.
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In: Synthese, Vol. 196, No. 11, 01.11.2019, p. 4351-4361.

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