Anti-vaxxers and Other Medical Sceptics
Katherine Furman (University College, Cork), Tom Jefferson, Heidi Larson

March 31, 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Forum for Philosophy

Old Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom


London School of Economics

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Record numbers of measles cases are emerging and vaccination rates are on the decline. Despite the research that fuelled the anti-vaccination scare being discredited, the anti-vax movement appears as strong as ever. Why does this medical scepticism persist, and how might it be tackled? Or might there be times when scepticism is justified? And if so, how are we to determine when we should and when we should not trust the experts? We discuss the causes of and cures for distrust in medical expertise.


  • Katherine Furman, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Liverpool
  • Tom Jefferson, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford
  • Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, LSHTM


  • Jonathan Birch, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE

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