Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL2123: Philosophy of Medicine
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Stephan Guttinger (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
This module will introduce you to the key philosophical issues that arise in contemporary medicine and biomedical research. We will consider fundamental concepts and debates in medicine, such as the definition of health and disease, or the question of what counts as “good” evidence in medicine. We will also explore positions and ideas that take a critical look at Western medicine, such as “alternative” medicine. Finally, we will analyse new philosophical issues that artificial intelligence and Big Data raise for medical practice and research. The module has no prerequisites and is suitable for students in philosophy, as well as students in the social sciences.