PHIL 321

Philosophy of Medicine

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-0-0

An examination of how our philosophical conceptions of the nature of mind and body affect the goals and practice of medicine. Topics covered may include: Is medicine an art or a science? What is health? What counts as disease? What is mental illness? Empiricism vs. Realism in medical thinking: Hermeneutics in medicine; causality in medicine; Western vs. Eastern medicine.


  • May not be counted towards upper-level requirements in Honours or Major programs in Philosophy.

Undergraduate course in Philosophy offered by the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities.

Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020

Summer timetable available: February 15. Fall and Spring timetables available: May 15.

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