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Conceptual engineering of medical concepts

Lalumera, Elisabetta (2023) Conceptual engineering of medical concepts. [Preprint]

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There is a lot of conceptual engineering going on in medical research. I substantiate this claim with two examples, the medical debate about cancer classification and about obesity as a disease. I also argue that the proper targets of conceptual engineering in medical research are experts’ conceptions. These are explicitly written down in documents and guidelines, and they bear on research and policies. In the second part of the chapter, I propose an externalist framework in which conceptions have both the explanatory power of psychological concepts and that of semantic concepts. It is likely, however, that human activities and practices distinct from medical research, and regulated by different practices and epistemic rules, call for different targets for conceptual engineering. I conclude by indicating an open agenda of problems for philosophers of medicine interested in conceptual engineering.


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Lalumera, Elisabettaelisabetta.lalumera@unibo.it0000-0002-0345-0838
Additional Information: Book chapter, accepted for publication in Manuel Gustavo Isaac Steffen Koch & Kevin Scharp (eds.), New Perspectives on Conceptual Engineering (Springer, forthcoming)
Keywords: Cancer, classification, values, medicine, nosology, concepts, conceptions, obesity, experts.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Clinical Trials
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Elisabetta Lalumera
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2023 14:04
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2023 14:04
Item ID: 22456
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Clinical Trials
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22456

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