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08.10.2007 - HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (VIENNA, JUNE 30 - JULY 11, 2008)

History and Philosophy of the Biomedical Sciences (Vienna, June 30 - July 11, 2008)

From: "Institut Wiener Kreis" <ivc@univie.ac.at>

Call for Application
Application deadline: January 30, 2008




VISU Vienna International Summer University
SWC Scientific World Conceptions


Since 2001 the University of Vienna and the Institute Vienna Circle have been


 holding an annual two-week summer program dedicated to major current issues
 in the natural and social sciences, their history and philosophy. The title
 of the program reflects the heritage of the Vienna Circle which promoted
 interdisciplinary and philosophical investigations based on solid
 disciplinary knowledge. As an international interdisciplinary program, VISU-
 SWC will bring graduate students in close contact with world-renowned
 scholars. It will operate under the academic supervision of an International
 Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists.
 The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior
 researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also
 encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all
 stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through
 crossdisciplinary studies of methodological and foundational issues in
 science. The summer course consists of morning sessions, chaired by
 distinguished lecturers which focus on readings assigned to students in
 advance. Afternoon sessions are made up of tutorials by assistant professors
 for junior students and of smaller groups which offer senior students the
 opportunity to discuss their own research papers with one of the main
 lecturers.




History and Philosophy of the Biomedical Sciences
Vienna, June 30 ? July 11, 2008


organized by the University of Vienna and the Institute Vienna Circle.


A two-week high-level summer course on questions related to fundamental
 philosophical problems of biomedical sciences, spanning a wide range of
 topics in biomedicine, biotechnology and medical practices, and addressing
 normative, historical and topical issues from an international perspective.










Main Lecturers:
Rachel A. Ankeny (University of Adelaide, Australia)
Bernardino Fantini (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
David Wootton (University of York, United Kingdom)

Guest Lecturer
Keith Wailoo (Rutgers University, USA)

International Program Committee
John Beatty (Vancouver), Martin Carrier (Bielefeld), Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara
 (Florence), Maria Carla Galavotti (Bologna), Malachi Hacohen
 (Durham/Raleigh), Rainer Hegselmann (Bayreuth), Michael Heidelberger
 (Tübingen), Elisabeth Leinfellner (Vienna), Paolo Mancosu (Berkeley), Paolo
 Parrini (Florence), Friedrich Stadler (Vienna), Roger Stuewer (Minneapolis),
 Thomas Uebel (Manchester), Jan Wolenski (Cracow), Anton Zeilinger (Vienna).
 Michael Stöltzner (Secretary of the PC, Vienna)
Karoly Kokai (Secretary of the VISU, Vienna)
ivc@univie.ac.at




The main Lecturers
Rachel A. Ankeny
Rachel A. Ankeny has a BA in Liberal Arts (Philosophy/Maths, St John's
 College, Santa Fe, NM), and MA degrees in Philosophy and in Bioethics and a
 PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (all from the University of
 Pittsburgh, PA), and a MA in Gastronomy (University of Adelaide). She is
 currently senior lecturer in history at the University of Adelaide, and was
 director and lecturer/senior lecturer in the Unit for History and Philosophy
 of Science at the University of Sydney from 2000-2006. Ankeny's research
 interests include the roles of models and case-based reasoning in science,
 model organisms, the philosophy of medicine, and the history of contemporary
 life sciences. Her research in bioethics examines ethical and policy issues
 in genetics, reproduction, women's health, embryo and stem cell research,


 and food, among other topics. She is a member of several editorial boards
 for scholarly journals in HPS and bioethics, and associate editor of the
 Journal of the History of Biology.


Bernardino Fantini
Bernardino Fantini received his Doctor in Biochemistry (1974) at the
 University La Sapienza in Rome and his PhD in the History of Science and
 Medicine (1992) at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris-Sorbonne. He
 is currently Professor of History of Medicine and Director of the Institute
 of the History of Medicine and Health at the University of Geneva. He is
 Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medicina & Storia, Editor of the journal
 History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, corresponding member of the
 Académie Internationale d?histoire des sciences and president of the Italian
 Institute of Anthropology. His main research subjects are the history of the
 life sciences, epistemology of biology and medicine and the history of the
 relationships between medicine and music.
 http://histmed.unige.ch/fantini.php


David Wootton
David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York
 and author of Bad Medicine: Doctors Doing Harm Since Hippocrates (Oxford,
 2006). He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and has
 held visiting positions at Cambridge, Princeton, Washington (St Louis), and
 McGill, and permanent positions at the Universities of London (twice) and
 Brunel in England and at the Universities of Halifax, London, and Victoria
 in Canada. He has held chairs in History, Politics, and Humanities. He has
 published widely on early modern intellectual history, particularly the
 history of political theory and of atheism, and has translated Machiavelli,


 More, and Voltaire, and edited Locke in editions published by Hackett. He
 reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of
 Books. He is currently writing on Galileo for Yale University Press, with
 funding from the Leverhulme Foundation. www.badmedicine.co.uk and
 www.york.ac.uk/depts/hist/staff/wootton.shtml



History and Philosophy of the Biomedical Sciences
The field of History and Philosophy of the Biomedical Sciences has become in
 the recent decade a hot spot in historical research and philosophical
 debate. The increasing place of biomedical sciences in contemporary
 societies and individual lives has raised many questions concerning the
 epistemological status and practice of biology and medicine of biology and
 medicine. The course will deal with some of the fundamental philosophical
 problems of biomedical sciences, raised by their historical development
 since the age of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century to the very
 contemporary development in biomedicine, biotechnology and medical
 practices. Selected topics of historical and philosophical relevance will be
 covered, which are at the core of present-day debates and have great
 relevance for bioethical debates and social and political concerns on the
 role of biology and medicine in our societies. Particular attention will be
 devoted to some methodological issues and to the necessary link between
 historical and philosophical inquiries. The course will be necessarily
 trans-disciplinary and because of its advanced content, general background


 and introductory material will be distributed to the participants in advance
 in order to facilitate the discussion and a common reflection on the topics
 suggested.




The lectures will deal with the following topics:
The epistemological status of medicine
The Hippocratic tradition, from Hippocrates to the Nineteenth Century
The origins of scientific medicine (16th?20th centuries)
The concept of disease: Historical roots and philosophical perspectives
Causality in biomedical sciences. An historical and epistemological analysis
The pragmatics of causation in clinical practice
The philosophical debate on the normal and the pathological
The role of the case in medical reasoning
Error in medicine
From germs to genes: Theories on generation and infection (16th?20th
 centuries). Form, information, and programmes: The rise of the molecular
 explanation of life and disease Moral issues associated with gene therapy
Darwinian Medicine: How evolution by natural selection can explain health and
 disease? Historical and epistemological issues associated with animal models
 in biomedical research The social and economical determination of health and
 disease: The McKeown Thesis Historical and epistemological issues in
 Evidence Based Medicine




Cost of the program: EUR 880,?
Lodging in student dormitories is available at approximately EUR 300,? for
 the whole duration of the course.




Applicants should submit:
A short educational curriculum vitae
A list of most recent courses and grades or a copy of your diplomas
A one-page statement (in English), briefly outlining your previous work and
 your reason for attending the VISU-SWC A (sealed) letter of recommendation
 from your professor, including some comment on your previous work. This
 letter may also be sent directly by your professor. A passport photo


Please make sure that all documents arrive in time because we can process
 only complete applications. Application form (available on our web site:
 http://www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU) may be sent in advance.


To participate mastering English on a high level is required.


Application deadline: January 30, 2008 (Later applications may be considered
 if space is still available.)


A letter of admission together with a detailed syllabus will reach successful
 applicants by mid- February, 2008.

The administration of VISU-SWC at the University of Vienna can assist the
 candidates admitted in applying for funds and in the accreditation of the
 course, but unfortunately, cannot offer financial assistance. However, for a
 few gifted applicants who can demonstrate that, despite serious documented
 efforts, they have not been able to obtain any financial support, in
 particular due to economic difficulties in their own country, a tuition
 waiver grant, awarded by the Institute Vienna Circle and the University of
 Vienna, will be provided.


Applications should be sent to
Professor Friedrich Stadler, Institute Vienna Circle
University Campus, Spitalgasse 2?4, Court 1, A- 1090 Vienna, Austria
Fax: +43-1-4277 41297


For further inquiries, please send email to friedrich.stadler@univie.ac.at or
 consult the IVC's Web site www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU