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Oct 18th: Jacob Stegenga
18 October 2018 @ 13 h 30 min - 14 h 30 min UTC+1
(Cambridge & Bordeaux IDEX Visiting Scholar)
Title: “Medical Nihilism”
During the talk he will present his latest book titled Medical Nihilism (Oxford University Press, 2018), which takes a critical look at the effectiveness of modern medicine. Drawing from empirical findings, interdisciplinary research and medical examples, Stegenga argues that our confidence in medical science ought to be low.
Jacob is a University Lecturer in philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge (Department of History and Philosophy of Science). His research focuses on methodological problems of medical research, conceptual questions in evolutionary biology, and fundamental topics in reasoning and rationality. Stegenga’s present work is culminating in a book titled Medical Nihilism (Oxford University Press, 2018), in which he argues that if we attend to the extent of bias in medical research, the thin theoretical basis of many interventions, the malleability of empirical methods in medicine, and if we employ our best inductive framework, then our confidence in medical interventions ought to be low. His research employs empirical findings, analysis, and formal methods to establish normative conclusions about science.
Before going to Cambridge, Stegenga taught at University of Utah and University of Victoria, and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the University of California San Diego.