Evaluation and Explanation in the Biomedical Sciences

Proceedings of the First Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine Held at Galveston, May 9–11, 1974

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
  • Stuart F. Spicker

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Introduction

    1. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., Stuart F. Spicker
      Pages 1-7
  3. Value and Explanation: Historical Roots

  4. Philosophy of Science in Transition to a Philosophy of Medicine

  5. Ethics and Medicine

  6. Concepts in Medical Theory

  7. Body and Self: Phenomenological Perspectives

  8. The Role of Philosophy in the Biomedical Sciences: Contribution or Intrusion?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 211-234
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-240

About this book


This volume inaugurates a series concerning philosophy and medicine. There are few, if any, areas of social concern so pervasive as medicine and yet as underexamined by philosophy. But the claim to precedence of the Proceedings of the First Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philos­ ophy and Medicine must be qualified. Claims to be "first" are notorious in the history of scientific as well as humanistic investigation and the claim that the First Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine has no precedent is not meant to be put in bald form. The editors clearly do not maintain that philosophers and physicians have not heretofore discussed matters of mutual concern, nor that individual philosophers and physicians have never taken up problems and concepts in medicine which are themselves at the boundary or interface of these two disciplines - concepts like "matter," "disease," "psyche. " Surely there have been books published on the logic and philosophy of medi­ 1 cine. But the formalization of issues and concepts in medicine has not received, at least in this century, sustained interest by professional phi­ losophers. Groups of philosophers have not engaged medicine in order to explicate its philosophical presuppositions and to sort out the various concepts which appear in medicine. The scope of such an effort takes the philosopher beyond problems and issues which today are subsumed under the rubric "medical ethics.


Medical Ethics ethics health morality philosophy of medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
    • 1
  • Stuart F. Spicker
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.University of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1771-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1769-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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