SOPhiA 2018

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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An Analysis of ACEs-Studies and Their Implications for Philosophy and Public Health
(Ethics, English)

Childhood traumata have a great impact on the psychic constitution and on the subsequent mental health of the adult concerned. Furthermore medical studies, so-called ACE-studies (Adverse Childhood Experiences) have shown that childhood traumata also have a great impact on the future physical health. Thus children, who have an increased ACEs value, which means that they have undergone one or even more childhood traumata, develop twice as often the risk to e.g. get a heart disease or cancer.

This work tries to deliver thought-provoking impulses by analysing these studies in the light of philosophy of science, as well as critically examining implications of these results for the practical aspects of the debate. We will analyse one ACE-study and refer to its method. For this purpose we will examine, whether it can be characterized as a good scientific practice. Additionally we will examine whether the results are valid and what significance the results imply. In the second part the results are applied to the field of practical philosophy and we will analyse the influence of the results on the debate about the rights of children and parents and what consequences there are for the public health system.

We will support the thesis that the results of the ACE-studies may have severe consequences for the public health system and may open up new prospects of the debate about children's rights. One should think about the question if hitherto existing practices, which are commonly used as educational measures, and existing parental rights must be reformed.

Chair: Sebastian Schmidt
Time: 10:40-11:10, 13 September 2018 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.007

Jan Philip Vogelsang 
(Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany)

Jan Philip Vogelsang is a bachelor's student at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. He wrote his bachelor thesis "Conscientious Objections in Medicine" in 2018. His focus was the clash between professional duties in medical practice and the individual conscience of professionals. His main interests lie in Biomedical Ethics, Ethics of Science, as well as the analysis of Pseudoscience.

Ina Gawel 
(Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany)

Ina Gawel is a master's student at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. She finished her B.A. in 2015 (Major Philosophy, minor German language and literature studies). Her thesis was a rational reconstruction of traditional Chinese Medicine, focused on ear-acupuncture. Main interests are biomedical ethics and scientific practices in pharmaceutical and medical research.

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