Series: Handbook of the Philosophy of Science

The Handbook of the Philosophy of Science is a comprehensive, multi-volume research collection with contributions from leading figures in all areas of the philosophy of science. The Handbook is the most extensive examination ever published of philosophical issues in the sciences, both basic and applied. As the major reference work in the field, the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science will be essential reading for researchers in all branches of the philosophy of science, as well as graduate students and senior undergraduates. It should also draw a large readership of scientists and their students who are interested in methodological issues that arise in their fields
Philosophy of Medicine

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Volume 16. Philosophy of Medicine

Published: 21st July 2011
This volume covers a wide range of conceptual, epistemological and methodological issues in the philosophy of science raised by reflection upon medical science and practice. Several chapters examine such general meta-scientific concepts as discovery, reduction, theories and models, causal inference and scientific realism as they apply to medicine or medical science in particular. Some discuss important concepts specific to medicine (diagnosis, health, disease, brain death). A topic such as evidence, for instance, is examined at a variety of levels, from social mechanisms for guiding evidence-based reasoning such as evidence-based medicine, consensus conferences, and clinical trials, to the more abstract analysis of experimentation, inference and uncertainty. Some chapters reflect on particular domains of medicine, including psychiatry, public health, and nursing.

The contributions span a broad range of detailed cases from the science and practice of medicine, as well as a broad range of intellectual approaches, from conceptual analysis to detailed examinations of particular scientific papers or historical episodes.

Additional volumes


Volume 11. Philosophy of Ecology

Published: 28th April 2011

Volume 10. Philosophy of Complex Systems

Published: 4th May 2011

Volume 7. Elsevier Direct Companion Website - Philosophy of Statistics

Volume 7. Philosophy of Statistics

Published: 25th May 2011

Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology

Published: 27th October 2006

Philosophy of Mathematics

Published: 11th June 2009

General Philosophy of Science: Focal Issues

Published: 18th July 2007

Philosophy of Economics

Published: 23rd April 2012

Philosophy of Biology

Published: 5th February 2007

Volume A. Philosophy of Physics

Published: 20th October 2006

Volume 7. Philosophy of Statistics

Philosophy of Physics

Published: 20th October 2006

Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences

Published: 20th August 2009

Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Published: 23rd October 2006

Volume B. Philosophy of Physics

Published: 20th October 2006

Philosophy of Logic

Published: 19th October 2006

Philosophy of Linguistics

Published: 14th January 2012

Volume 6. Philosophy of Chemistry

Published: 1st November 2011

Philosophy of Information

Published: 10th November 2008