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Philosophy of Medicine project

Philosophy of Medicine project

Philosophy of Medicine

The Wellcome Trust has awarded £1.95 million for 2009-14 to the School of Humanities for research in Medical Humanities, resulting in the creation of the Centre for Humanities and Health.
One of the six groups involved in this project is the Philosophy of Medicine project from the Department of Philosophy, under the leadership of Professor MM McCabe, Professor David Papineau and Dr David Galloway.



Dr Elselijn Kingma joined the Department in January 2010 as a Wellcome-funded Research Fellow in philosophy of medicine.


Our activities in this area include:

  • Our Intercalated BSc in Philosophy and Basic Medical Sciences. This is a one-year intensive programme of study in pure philosophy, taken by intercalating medical students, normally after the second or third year of their medical degrees. Several graduates of this programme, which has run for eight years now, have gone on to pursue postgraduate research in topics in the philosophy of medicine.
  • Our MSc programme in the Philosophy of Mental Disorder, run collaboratively with the Institute of Psychiatry.
  • The MA in Philosophy and Medicine, which started admitting students in autumn 2010.
  • A fortnightly seminar, 'Concepts of Health', which began in 2009-10.
  • A series of autumn conferences in the philosophy of medicine starting in 2010, with topics including:
    • ‘Concepts of Health’
    • ‘Bodies and Identity, Rights and Duties’
    • 'Bodies and Minds’
    • ‘The Hippocratic Oath’
    • ‘Disease, Malfunction and Death’
    • 'Personhood & Identity in Medicine'
    At each conference philosophers, health scientists and scholars of the medical humanities present papers in the same session, moderated by commentators.


Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2309


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