Riga, Latvia, 23 – 26 AUGUST 2023

Methods in Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine

Call for Abstracts

35th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine & Health Care

This conference is organized by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare, the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Latvia. Over the last 50 years many methodological approaches have been applied by scholars in bioethics and philosophy of medicine with varying measures of success. The conference will reflect on this experience and highlight debates on hard methodological problems and new exciting methodological advances. Abstracts addressing any of the issues mentioned below will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted.

Main Topics of the Upcoming Conference

Methodological issues in bioethics

  • Experimental bioethics
  • Empirical bioethics
  • Digital bioethics
  • Phenomenological bioethics
  • Critical theory and intersectionality
  • Role of philosophical theory
  • Role of ethical theories in bioethics
  • The role of metaethics
  • Bioethics and open science
  • Citizen science and bioethics

Methodological debates in philosophy of medicine

  • The role of experimental philosophy
  • Analytic approaches
  • Naturalism
  • Phenomenology
  • Eliminativism vs. reductionism
  • Objectivism vs. subjectivism
  • Evidence and inference
  • Social epistemology

Interaction with other disciplines

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Political philosophy
  • Logic
  • Social science
  • Law
  • Art
  • Humanities

New methodological approaches applied to old problems

  • New developments in clinical bioethics
  • New developments in biomedical research ethics
  • Developments in public health ethics
  • Ethical issues in death and dying
  • Ethics issues in reproduction
  • Nosology
  • Holism and reductionism
  • Causation
  • Diagnosis
  • Defining death

Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit an abstract in Word format (500 words maximum) before March 1, 2023. The Conference Programme Committee will select abstracts for oral presentation. Please send abstracts by e-mail to Professor Bert Gordijn, Secretary of the espmh, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland: