Research Unit on the Philosophy of Biomedicine, Health Professions, and Public Health Sciences


This unit studies the central questions in theory of science, ethics, and politics that arise in connection with medicine, health, and health practice. The research bears on, among others, the articulation of the concepts of disease and  the development of diagnostics, the requirement of an evidence-based medical and clinical practice (including the relation between qualitative and quantitative evidence), the altered understanding of the human body in light of biotechnological and neuroscientific development, ethical questions in relation to health promotion, health enhancement, our understanding of autonomy and justice in light of altered relations among health professionals, patients, and the state.

The unit strengthens a national and international research collaboration developed during the past 40 years, including an extensive collaboration with what is now the Faculty of Health at Aarhus University. In collaboration with the Center for Humanistic Health Research, the unit provides the research basis for teaching in philosophy and theory of science in connection with a number of programmes at the Faculty of Health. Finally, the unit pursues an extensive research collaboration, both nationally and internationally, with a number of health institutions and research centers.

Events Autumn 2018

10th September, 15:00-17:00. 1467, 616: 

Lise Marie Andersen (AU): Establishing Causal Claims in Psychiatry – the role of mechanistic evidence


Seminars with Nikolas Rose, King's College London. In connection with the publication of his new book Our Psychiatric Future (Wiley), Professor Rose will visit the Centre for Health, Culture and Society, to which SMK (Sundhed, Menneske og Kultur) is affiliated. On this occasion we will hold two seminars:

-         9th October, 13-16: Our psychiatric future – the politics of mental health. Room TBA

-         11th October, 13-16: Our psychiatric future - implications for psychiatrists, doctors and mental health practitioners. Room TBA


29th October, 15:00-17:00. 1467, 316: 

Tara Bladt (AU): Ethics in a Limited Economy – Challenges in the Application of Biological Therapies  


12th November, 15:00-17:00. 1467, 616:

Carsten Obel (AU):  A strategy to support population resilience in a developmental perspective​


10th December, 15:00-17:00. 1467, 616: 

Andreas De Block (KU Leuven): Experimental Philosophy of Medicine


11th December, 9-11. 1467, 316:

Andreas De Block (KU Leuven):  Experimental Philosophy of Medicine


The following members of the programme participate regularly to the activities organized by the unit. Most activities are open to those interested. Please, contact the unit coordinator for further information.

Jacob Busch
Associate professor

Phone: +4587162246

Andreas Beck Holm
Associate professor

Phone: +4587162294

Karen Munk
Associate professor

Phone: +4587162247

Raffaele Rodogno
Associate professor, research programme director

Phone: +4587162259

Jonathan Sholl
Assistant Professor


Unit Coordinator