Seminar: Epidemiology and Philosophy By Professor Alex Broadbent – University of Copenhagen

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Seminar: Epidemiology and Philosophy By Professor Alex Broadbent

The graduated program in Public Health & Epidemiology invite to the interesting seminar "Epidemiology and Philosophy" By Professor Alex Broadbent, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. The seminar will take place the 26 April 2017 at 2 to 4 pm at Center for Health and Society (CSS), Øster Farimagsgade 5, København, room CSS 2.0.63.

Epidemiology is a relatively new science and one whose identity is still being determined. In particular, there is currently a move towards formalizing causal inference in epidemiology, in contrast to the traditional ad hoc, detective-style reasoning that characterized the paradigm-setting exemplar of the discipline, the attribution of lung cancer to smoking. This seminar will discuss whether philosophy can be of any use to epidemiology either in charting the discipline’s development at a high level or in day-to-day epidemiological practice.

Alex Broadbent is Professor of Philosophy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at UJ. Previously he held various research, teaching and visiting positions at Cambridge, Vienna, Athens and Harvard, before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2011. Alex is a philosopher of science with particular interests in philosophy of epidemiology, philosophy of medicine, and philosophy of law, connected by the philosophical themes of causation, explanation, and prediction. He is committed to finding philosophical problems in practical contexts, and to contributing something useful concerning them. He holds a P-rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa (2013-2018) and is a member of the South African Young Academy of Sciences. He has published a number of articles in top international journals across three disciplines (philosophy, epidemiology, law). His first book, Philosophy of Epidemiology, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and has been translated into Korean. His second book, Philosophy for Graduate Students: Metaphysics and Epistemology, was published by Routledge in 2016. He is currently working on his third book, Philosophy of Medicine, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Everyone (also those not enrolled under the Graduate Program in Public Health & Epidemiology) is welcome and participation is free. Please sign up for the seminar by sending an e-mail to Head of the Graduate Program Naja Hulvej Rod no later than April 20th 2017.