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Lecture: "Philosophy and Methodology of Medicine"

by Dr. Jürgen Landes (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy) and Dr. Michael Wild (University of Kent)

01.06.2021 – 03.06.2021

When: June 1st to June 3rd, 2021 (each day starting around 09:40 )
Where: Online (Registration via e-mail to Jürgen Landes)
Language: English

We are incredibly excited to announce an interesting online conference by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP):


"Philosophy and Methodology of Medicine"

Idea & Motivation

The claims of medicine have been supported by a wide variety of different methods, ranging from randomized controlled trials to expert judgement and mechanism-based reasoning. Miriam Solomon has therefore aptly characterized medicine in terms of a developing, untidy, methodological pluralism. But can philosophers help with this development? In recent years, philosophers of science have become increasingly interested in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods employed in medicine. Some have defended the methodological superiority of randomized controlled trials, or at least meta-analyses of such trials. Others have challenged this superiority by on the one hand stressing the weaknesses of such methods in terms of their internal or external validity, and on the other hand emphasising the strengths of alternative methods, including methods involving expert judgement and mechanistic evidence.

The online conference will bring together philosophers of science and medical methodologists in an attempt to make progress towards resolving these debates concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods employed in medicine. Among others, the following topics will be covered within the conference:

  • Foundational issues in statistics in medicine
  • Bias in medical inference
  • Medical epistemology
  • Multi-agent medical epistemology
  • Mechanisms in medicine
  • Analogy and extrapolation in medicine
  • Expert judgement in medicine

The conference is organized by Dr. Jürgen Landes, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy and member of the LMU Open Science Center (OSC), and Dr. Michael Wild, Admissions Officer for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kent.

More information about the schedule, all speakers and the presented topics can be found at the website of the conference.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to with the following subject line: "Registration: Philosophy and Methodology of Medicine". A registration covers all three days. Registered participants are not required to attend all talks.