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Philosophy and Medicine

Philosophy and Medicine


Can pain be measured objectively? What is good evidence? Do I have the right to bind my future self? Can the mind cause effects in the body? How is the mental different from the physical? King’s College London has thriving communities of medics, medical researchers, philosophers, and students keen to explore the intersection of these areas where we ask the same questions using different tools and perspectives. This initiative creates a space for such conversations with new activities including the King’s Colloquium in Philosophy and Medicine, an Essay Contest, and an Annual Lecture. All events are free and open to the public.

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  • Our Intercalated BSc in Philosophy. 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 have gone on to pursue postgraduate research in topics in the philosophy of medicine.
  • The MA in Philosophy and Medicine, which started admitting students in autumn 2010.
  • The bi-weekly King’s Colloquium in Philosophy and Medicine, Thursdays 6:30-8, rotating venues
  • Reading Groups, Workshops, Symposia – see 


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