Symposium: Christopher Boorse and the Philosophy of Medicine

September 10, 2012 - September 12, 2012
Universität Hamburg



Chris Boorse
University of Delaware
Bill Fulford
University of Warwick
Elselijn Kingma
King's College London
Lennart Nordenfelt
Linkoping University
Peter Schwartz
University of Indianapolis


Peter Hucklenbroich
Westfälische Wilhelms Universität, Münster
Thomas Schramme
Universität Hamburg

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The symposium aims to fulfil two purposes: First, it will honour therenowned philosopher Christopher Boorse (Delaware) and his contributions tophilosophy of medicine. He will present three new original papers during the meeting. Second, it will provide a showcase of the current state of philosophy of medicine by giving the floor to a number of other well-known scholars in the field, who will also present original papers. These other confirmed speakers are: Bill Fulford (Oxford & UCLan), Dan Hausman (Wisconsin), Peter Hucklenbroich (Münster), Elselijn Kingma (London), Lennart Nordenfelt (Linköping), Peter Schwartz (Indiana), Jerry Wakefield (NYU). 


10 September

9.00-9.30 Welcome

9.30-11 Christopher Boorse (1) Goals of medicine

11.30-13 Lennart Nordenfelt: On disability and similar concepts

14.30-16.00  Bill Fulford: Values-based Practice: from theory to practice and back again courtesy of ordinary language philosophy

16.30-18 Peter Schwartz Treating Risk, Not Disease

11 September

9.00-10.30 Jerry Wakefield Biostatistics Versus Harmful Dysfunction: Can a Sibling Rivalry be Resolved?

11.00-12.30 Peter Hucklenbroich: 'Disease Entity' as the Key Theoretical Concept of Medicine. An Analysis and Reconstruction

14.00-15.30 Christopher Boorse (2) Replies to recent critics

16-17.30 Elselijn Kingma: Paracetamol still bad for one's health - but the BST can't tell us so; a reply to Hausman'

12 September

9-10.30 Dan Hausman: Health, Naturalism and Functional Efficiency

11-12.30 Christopher Boorse (3) Clinical normality

There will be limited places and there will be a conference fee of ca. 50 €. It is therefore necessary to register for the event. Please send enquiries to [email protected], stating "Philosophy of Medicine" in the header. 

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