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Philosophical and Methodological Debates in Public Health

  • Jordi Vallverdú
  • Angel Puyol
  • Anna Estany
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. F. Borrell-Carrió, E. Peguero-Rodríguez, V. Morales-Hidalgo, J. Castellote-Alonso, A. Estany
    Pages 59-72
  3. David Casacuberta, Simone Tassani
    Pages 73-83
  4. Joan Benach, Juan Manuel Pericàs, Eliana Martínez-Herrera, Mireia Bolíbar
    Pages 163-179
  5. Ildefonso Hernández-Aguado, Elisa Chilet-Rosell, María Pastor-Valero
    Pages 181-194
  6. Miguel Ángel Royo-Bordonada, Fernando García-López
    Pages 195-214

About these proceedings


This interdisciplinary volume gathers selected, refereed contributions on various aspects of public health from several disciplines and research fields, including the philosophy of science, epidemiology, statistics and ethics. The contributions were originally presented at the 1st Barcelona conference of “Philosophy of Public Health” (5th – 7th May 2016). This book is intended for researchers interested in public health and the contemporary debates surrounding it.



epidemiological big data statistics e-epidemiology global health bioethics epistemology epistemic injustice recognition intergenerational trauma Social Determinants of Health Health quality Human right to health

Editors and affiliations

  • Jordi Vallverdú
    • 1
  • Angel Puyol
    • 2
  • Anna Estany
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

About the editors

Jordi Vallverdú, is a Tenured Professor at the Philosophy Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he teaches philosophy and history of science and computing. His research focuses on the cognitive and epistemic aspects of the philosophy of computing, philosophy of science and AI, particularly emotional modeling. In 2011 he won a Japanese JSPS fellowship to pursue research on computational HRI at the Nishidalab, Kyoto University. His most recent books include Bayesians versus Frequentists. A Philosophical Debate on Statistical Reasoning (2016), and Blended Cognition: The Robotic Challenge (2019) both edited by Springer Verlag. He is currently working on biomimetic cognitive architectures and multi-cognitive systems, as well as on medical and epidemiological reasoning.

Angel Puyol is an Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he teaches ethics and political philosophy. His research focuses on the theories of justice and bioethics. He was a Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics, New York University and La Sapienza (Roma). His most recent book is Political Fraternity. Democracy beyond Freedom and Equality (Routledge, New York, 2019), and he is currently investigating solidarity in health.

Anna Estany is an Emeritus Full Professor at the Philosophy Department of the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona. Her research focuses on cognitive approaches in epistemology and philosophy of science, as well as design sciences. She holds a Master of Arts from Indiana University, and a PhD from the Universitat of Barcelona, and she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego. Her publications include Vida, muerte y resurrección de la conciencia. Análisis filosófico de las revoluciones científicas en la psicología contemporánea, (1999); Barcelona: Paidós, ¿EUREKA? El transfondo de un descubrimiento sobre el cáncer y la genética molecular, (2003) with D. Casacuberta; Barcelona: Tusquets (Metatemas) and Innovación en el saber teórico y práctico, with R.M. Herrera, 2016, College Publications. She is currently investigating medical and epidemiological reasoning and design epistemology.

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“The book is written for public health practitioners who want to explore philosophic questions about the field, and for health professionals interested in the changing public health landscape. … This is an interesting work for specialists in the field of healthcare ethics and philosophy … .” (Eugene N. Anderson, Doody's Book Reviews, February 7, 2020)