[SydPhil] Reminder: Paul Griffiths and John Matthewson, Sydney @ Wed 6 Aug 2014 15:30 - 17:00 (Seminars)

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Title: Paul Griffiths and John Matthewson, Sydney
Evolution, dysfunction and disease: a reappraisal

An evolutionary approach to function and dysfunction is common in the  
broader philosophical literature, but it remains a minority view in the  
philosophy of medicine. Instead, recent work on the definition of disease  
has been dominated by the 'biostatistical'  view of function and  
dysfunction. Criticism of the biostatistical view (BST) has led its  
adherents to embrace increasingly complex versions designed to accommodate  
problem cases. The theoretical rationale for adopting and retaining with  
this view of dysfunction in the context of medicine has become increasingly  
unclear. An evolutionary approach to function in the context of medicine  
has many advantages over the BST. Most importantly, the strong theoretical  
rationale of the evolutionary approach means that, rather than assessing  
this account of dysfunction by asking whether it is intuitively satisfying,  
we can use it to improve our understanding of dysfunction and disease. We  
illustrate the advantages of the evolutionary approach with a life-history  
theory perspective on diseases of old-age.
When: Wed 6 Aug 2014 15:30 - 17:00 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Main Quad, University of Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
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