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Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Presents

Rebecca Kukla "Structural Bias and the Commercialization of Medicine"

10/13/17, 3:35 PM

About this event

“Structural Bias and the Commercialization of Medicine”

Rebecca Kukla, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University


The rapid and massive commercialization and privatization of medical research and practice constitutes a seismic shift in how medical knowledge is built, disseminated, and applied. In this presentation, I examine the epistemological (as opposed to the narrowly ethical) effects of this commercialization. I consider how private interests shape what gets researched, using what methods, and how research results are communicated, as well as how these interests shape clinical practice and even our theoretical understanding of what counts as a disease. I argue that commercialization and private interests result in various epistemically distorting biases being built directly into how we organize medical research and practice, quite independently from anyone’s intentions or conscious goals.

For more information contact Janet McKernan mcps@umn.edu 612-625-6635
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Event Location
  • 275 Nicholson Hall
  • 216 Pillsbury Drive SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA