SOPhiA 2018

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Are Methods of Disease Mongering Pseudo-scientific Methods?
(Philosophy of Science, English)

In this paper, I survey the question if typical methods of disease mongering are equal to para-scientific, pseudo-scientific or bad scientific practice. I refer to policies of disease mongering after Lynn Payer and epistemological characteristics according to Schurz, Löb, Shamoo and Resnik. Patients' guidelines are in use as case studies. Under the terms of therapeutic imperative, methods of disease mongering infringe the principles of best scientific practice. Criteria, which are characteristics of para- and pseudo-science, do not apply to this. As a conclusion, this paper reaches the fact that -- under terms of philosophy of science -- disease mongers operate precisely.

Chair: Mariusz Maziarz
Time: 11:20-11:50, 13 September 2018 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.005

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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