CFP: Handbook of Philosophy of Pharmacology

Submission deadline: June 16, 2019

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Handbook of Philosophy of Pharmacology – Call for chapter proposals

We are now preparing a Handbook of Philosophy of Pharmacology edited by chief experts in the field of pharmacology, philosophy of medicine, epistemology, biostatistics, economics, and history and sociology of medicine.

Editors: Mattia Andreoletti, (editor-in-chief); Barbara Osimani (editor-in-chief); Jeffrey Aronson, Federico Boem, Giovanni Boniolo, Pasqualina Castaldo, Raffaele Giorgetti, Claus Jacob, Saana Jukola, Franz König Maël Lemoine, Carlo Martini, Barbara Mintzes; Scott Podolsky, Martin Posch, Massimo Riccaboni, Elena Rocca, Klaus Ruthenberg, Devora Shapiro, Benjamin Smart, Adriano Tagliabracci, Mark Tonelli.


The complex network of interests (epistemic, financial, reputational etc.), as well as legal rights and duties that frame the scientific and social ecosystem in which pharmacology is embedded, make it a unique blend of science and technology. And latest scientific advancements has revealed a lot of new aspects and new questions that require an interdisciplinary approach to be answered. In this Handbook, philosophers and health scientists will provide a panorama of the complex interaction of such heterogeneous dimensions with a special focus on the current debates on: 1) standards of evidence; 2) evolution of methods and tools for statistical and scientific inference; 3) pragmatics as well as epistemic asymmetry of causal assessment of benefits vs. harms; 4) ethical and societal issues. The Handbook aims to offer an exhaustive overview on current critical issues in pharmacology from various perspectives: formal epistemology, social epistemology, philosophy of medicine, general philosophy of science, philosophy of statistics, meta-science, social studies of science, economics, bioethics, law and policy.

We invite all the interested scholars to submit a chapter proposal, both neutral and positions papers are welcomed. The topics to be tackled include - but are not limited to - the following ones, whose scope sometimes overlap:

  • Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Animal models
  • Causal inference in pharmacology
  • Computational methods in pharmacology (e.g. deep learning, nature-inspired algorithms, Bayesian networks)
  • Drug policy and regulation
  • Evidence-Based pharmacology
  • Ethical Issues in pharmacology
  • Health economics (“micro” and “macro” approaches)
  • History of pharmacology
  • Methodological issues in drug discovery
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmaco-surveillance and Risk Management
  • Social studies of pharmacology
  • Statistical models and methods in pharmacology
  • Toxicology

Expressions of interest to contribute to the Handbook, initially consisting of a 500 words abstract with the full details names and contact of the authors, should be sent to Mattia Andreoletti at: [email protected] by 15th June 2019. Full papers are due by November 2019. Further details will be discussed with the authors whose abstracts have been accepted.

For further information, please feel free to contact:

Dr. Mattia Andreoletti (University of Turin, Italy) [email protected]

Prof. Barbara Osimani (UNIVPM/LMU) [email protected]

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