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Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education

A Journey Towards Mutual Understanding

  • Considers the practical application of philosophical concepts to teaching, learning, and research

  • Covers philosophical concepts such as Stoicism and Practical Wisdom

  • Includes practice points for educators within each chapter of the book

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Philosophy as Praxis

    • Megan E. L. Brown, Mario Veen, Gabrielle Maria Finn
    Pages 1-7
  3. Acknowledgement: The Antidote to Skillification (of Empathy) in Health Professions Education

    • Anne de la Croix, Grace Peters, William F. Laughey
    Pages 53-65
  4. Tracing Philosophical Shifts in Health Professions Assessment

    • Walter Tavares, Jacob Pearce, Kevin Eva
    Pages 67-84
  5. The Significance of the Body in Health Professions Education

    • Gabrielle Maria Finn, Frederic W. Hafferty, Holly Quinton
    Pages 85-101
  6. The Philosophy of Education: Freire’s Critical Pedagogy

    • Jennifer L Johnston, Nigel Hart, Annalisa Manca
    Pages 103-118
  7. The Philosophy of Science: An Overview

    • Amelia Kehoe, Charlotte Rothwell, Robyn Bluhm
    Pages 187-203
  8. Ethics Education in the Health Professions

    • Bryan C. Pilkington
    Pages 219-232
  9. Climate Change and Health Care Education

    • Cristina Richie
    Pages 233-250
  10. Philosophy as Therapy: Rebalancing Technology and Care in Health Professions Education

    • Martina Ann Kelly, Tim Dornan, Tinu Ruparell
    Pages 267-278
  11. Is Social Media Changing How We Become Healthcare Professionals? Reflections from SoMe Practitioners

    • Nabilah Yunus Mayat, Sarah Louise Edwards, Jonathan Guckian
    Pages 279-292

About this book

This book increases the accessibility of philosophical concepts to a wider audience within medical education, translating ‘knowing’ to ‘doing.’ It prompts health professions educators and researchers to consider the dynamics and structure of contemporary issues within health professions education in new, philosophical ways. Through considering the practical implications of applying philosophical concepts to contemporary issues, the book recommends avenues for further research and pedagogical change. Individual educators are considered, with practice points for teaching generated within each chapter.


Readers will acquire practical ways in which they can change their own practice or pedagogy that align with the new insight offered through our philosophical analysis. These practical recommendations may be systemic in nature, but the authors of this book also offer micro-level recommendations for practitioners that can be considered as ways to improve individual approaches to education and research. 


  • Philosophy in Medical Education
  • Practical Philosophy in Medical Education
  • Stoicism in Medical Education
  • Philosophy of Empathy
  • Social Justice Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy in Medical Education
  • Anatomy and Philosophy
  • Philosophical Analysis of Social Media for Teaching and Learning
  • Philosophy of Assessment in Medical Education
  • Practical Wisdom and the Hidden Curriculum
  • The hidden Curriculum within Medical Education

Editors and Affiliations

  • Imperial College London, London, UK

    Megan E. L. Brown

  • Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Mario Veen

  • The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

    Gabrielle Maria Finn

About the editors

Megan Elizabeth Lincoln Brown is a doctor turned academic, currently working as a senior lecturer in medical education at the University of Buckingham, and teaching fellow in medical education research at Imperial College London. She is shortly due to defend her PhD in Medical Education at Hull York Medical School. Her research interests include innovate educational strategies (such as Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships), professional identity, qualitative research methods, and philosophical theory. Through her study of educational strategy, and work as an online learning content developer, a large focus of her work has been on ‘what works’ practically within medical education.


Gabrielle Maria Finn is Professor of Medical Education and Vice Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. She was the founding director of the Health Professions Education Unit (HPEU) at the Hull York Medical School, which has facilitated and provided leadership for many issues related to innovation in learning, teaching and research. Her areas of interest include anatomy pedagogy, identity formation, medical student selection, assessment and medical professionalism. She has a special interest in the use of anatomical body painting within medical education and public engagement.


Mario Veen is Assistant Professor Educational Research at Erasmus MC, interested in correspondences between philosophy and medical education. He has a PhD in discursive psychology and technology assessment and an interdisciplinary background in philosophy, social science and the humanities. Mario is action editor for the Philosophy in Medical Education series of the journal Teaching & Learning in Medicine. He hosts the podcasts Let Me Ask You Something and Life From Plato’s Cave.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education

  • Book Subtitle: A Journey Towards Mutual Understanding

  • Editors: Megan E. L. Brown, Mario Veen, Gabrielle Maria Finn

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-1511-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-1512-3

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 380

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Medical Education, Educational Philosophy, Science Education

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-19-1512-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)