Priors and Prejudice
- R.E.G. Upshur
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This paper explores the relationship between concepts of probability and hermeneutics. It seeks to examine the relationship between subjective (Bayesian) views of probability and hermeneutic descriptions of understanding. It is argued that Gadamer'saccount of the prejudicial nature of understanding, derived from Heidegger'sanalysis of foreunderstanding, offers a provocative model of clinical reasoning. The implications of this model for “evidence-based” medicine are discussed in conclusion.
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- Priors and Prejudice
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Volume 20, Issue 4 , pp 319-327
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- clinical reasoning
- evidence-based medicine
- philosophy of medicine
- Bayes Theorem
- R.E.G. Upshur (1)
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- 1. Joint Centre for Bioethics and Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, 88 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L4, Canada