Vaccination: smallpox, polio, pertussis, etc.
Antibiotics: penicillin and successors.
Painkillers: opium, aspirin, cox-2 inhibitors.
Anti-depressants: imipramine, Prozac.
1. What is a disease?
2. What is a treatment for a disease?
3. What is an explanation of a disease? What role do mechanisms play?
1. How can researchers determine the cause of a disease?
2. How can we know that a treatment works?
1. What are the moral responsibilities of medical researchers?
2. What are the moral responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies?
I. Nov.23: Life and death: Mikhael, Toombs, Bullen, Carriere, Isenberg.
II. Nov. 23: Consciousness. Christelis, Menken, Osterberg, Stumpf.
III. Nov. 30: Psychological explanation: Carvalho, Clements, Finn, Lockhart, Moore.
IV. Nov. 30: Illness: Grupp, Heckbert, Honeyford, Oliver, Poproski.
Each presentation should be no more than 8 minutes, allowing 2 minutes for questions. Each symposium will be followed by 10 minutes of general discussion. The presentations should outline the central issues of your topic and your general arguments and conclusions.
Life, Mind, and Disease
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Nov. 8, 2004