Pursuit-Worthy Research in Health: Three Examples and a Proposal
Daniel Wilkenfeld (University of Pittsburgh)

November 10, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Center for Philosophy of Science, The University of Pittsburgh

1117 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh 15260
United States

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The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites you to join us for our Lunch Time Talk. Attend in person or visit our live stream on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRp47ZMXD7NXO3a9Gyh2sg.

Lunch Time Talk -  Daniel Wilkenfeld

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST 

Title: Pursuit-Worthy Research in Health: Three Examples and a Proposal


In the ideal, we might want researchers and institutional reviewers from the populations affected by given research projects. However, that might not always be reasonable—for example, it would be an unreasonable expectation of those with chronic fatigue syndrome to be heavily involved in guiding research projects. I explore three examples where health scientists had mistaken pursuits for various reasons. I then present the idea of deliberative research—the concept is based on that of deliberative democracy. Deliberative democracy is when decisions are made on the basis of reasons that would be acceptable to the target population; I argue that research decisions should be made on the basis of analogous reasons.

This talk will also be available live streamed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRp47ZMXD7NXO3a9Gyh2sg.

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