Conference announcement and call for papers: Progress in Medicine

13 – 15 April 2010

University of Bristol

The aims of this conference are:

• To examine the nature, scope, causes, and grounds of progress in medicine.

• To provide a forum for developing the unified study of the history and philosophy of medicine, and in particular raising the profile of the philosophy of medicine in the UK and its engagement with the history of medicine.

• To create interdisciplinary bridges between the medical, philosophical, and historical professions, enabling medical professionals to become more theoretically engaged, while philosophers and philosophically-minded historians of medicine engage with the actual practice of medical professionals, so that their research reflects the realities and needs of modern medicine.

• To facilitate the wider dissemination of research in the philosophy and history of medicine beyond the boundaries of those disciplines, and especially in medical practice.

• To identify opportunities for public engagement concerning the relation between medical progress and changing attitudes to medical knowledge, the medical profession, and medical authority.

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The organising committee are:

Professor Alexander Bird (University of Bristol), Michael Bresalier (University of Bristol), Dr Alex Broadbent (University of Cambridge), Dr Havi Carel (University of the West of England), Dr Jeremy Howick (Oxford/UCL); advised by: Professor Donald Gillies (UCL) and Dr Rachel Cooper (Lancaster).

This conference is generously supported by the Mind Association, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, and the Aristotelian Society.