Scientific Understanding in Medicine

Period 01-10-2011 to 30-09-2015
Type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Fellow Dr. Leen De Vreese
Funding agency Special Research Fund of Ghent University (BOF)

I will analyse how medical science tries to achieve scientific understanding of health problems by investigating (1) the characteristics, necessity and peculiarities of scientific understanding in medicine, and (2) how medical scientists try to make sense of disease states for which (part of) the causal information is missing. I will also analyse the implications of my findings for some actual debates in the philosophy of medicine.