Miriam Solomon (Temple University, USA) – Messy Pluralism in Psychiatry
25 March | 14 h 30 min - 16 h 00 min
Miriam Solomon is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Temple University. She is also an Affiliated Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and an Affiliated Professor in the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy (Temple University School of Medicine).
Her research interests are in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, history of science, epistemology, gender and science and biomedical ethics.
I have argued that pluralism about methods and/or theories is good for science, because it can increase empirical success, but bad for scientific authority, because it hinders consensus. Psychiatry has been dominated by a single conceptual framework for the last forty years (the DSM framework and its close relative, ICD) and enjoyed considerable professional authority. Because of the “crisis of validity,” this dominance has recently given way to a pluralist situation in which several different approaches to disease nosology are being developed. In addition to the DSM framework, there is the RDoC program, the network approach, the HiTOP proposal, and others. My paper will explore the challenges and difficulties of working with pluralism in psychiatry, making constructive suggestions for future research.
André Ariew (Professor or Philosophy, University of Missouri, USA), Darwin’s use of statistics to develop his theory of evolution7 February | 14 h 30 min - 16 h 00 min at Centre de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Salle de réunion Sud
- 17 February at Centre de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Salle de réunion Nord
Thomas Kirkwood (Newcastle University and University of Copenhagen) – Understanding Ageing: The Great Puzzle of Our Time17 February | 17 h 30 min - 19 h 00 min at Salle de conférence du Centre de génomique fonctionnelle