Robyn Bluhm: Knowing and acting in medicine
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The following are the opening lines of the introduction to this collaborative work in knowledge and the ethics of medicine, edited by Robyn Bluhm. ‘Medicine raises several interesting issues for philosophy and is also an area where philosophy has much to contribute. While the obvious example of a productive exchange between Medicine and Philosophy is Bioethics, philosophers of medicine are increasingly writing about epistemological questions as well, in part because they recognise the extent to which epistemological and ethical questions are interrelated. Ethical concerns shape the way we seek and use knowledge, and, conversely, both what counts as knowledge in medicine and the way we use that knowledge have ethical implications’ (p. 3).
Bluhm is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Her research examines philosophical issues in neuroscience and medicine, with a focus on the relationship between ethical and epistemological questions in...