Friday, 23 Sep 2016 - Saturday, 24 Sep 2016Paul Griffiths and Isobel Ronai presented at Reductionism and Integration, Bioethics and Behavior: A Conference Celebrating the Career of Kenneth F. Schaffner.
Holding Pathology Hostage
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Professor Paul E. Griffiths PhD FAAS FAHA
Professor of Philosophy and Domain Leader for Society and Environment, Charles Perkins Centre
In The Biological Foundations of Bioethics (2015) Tim Lewens comments that the concept of pathology should not be “hostage to evolutionary enquiry”. In this talk I disagree, and discuss some ways in which recent advances in biology ought to change ideas about about health and disease. In particular, the health of an organism and the quality of its environment are entwined conceptually, as well as causally.
About the speaker
A philosopher of science with a focus on genetics and development, Paul Griffiths is internationally recognized as an authority on philosophical issues in contemporary bioscience. He is currently Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney and a Domain Leader at the university’s Charles Perkins Centre. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. From 2006-2012 he was a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of NHMRC and from 2011-13 President of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.