A plea for an experimental philosophy of medicine

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Volume 42, issue 3-4, August 2021


Special Issue: A plea for an experimental philosophy of medicine
Editorial Notes
A plea for an experimental philosophy of medicine
Andreas De Block & Kristien Hens
This special issue aims to explore and investigate a new subfield, namely experimental philosophy of medicine. Whereas experimental philosophy is relatively new on the philosophical block, some of its takes and findings have already shaped central debates in ethics, philosophy of action, philosophy of language, and epistemology. Interestingly, the approach of this program was for a long time almost wholly ignored within bioethics and philosophy of medicine—although this seems to have changed somewhat recently. In this introduction, we briefly sketch the program of experimental philosophy and how it can be used to shed philosophical light on issues in the philosophy of medicine.