Handbook of Philosophy of Pharmacology

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Handbook of Philosophy of Pharmacology – Call for chapter proposals 

We are now preparing a Handbook of Philosophy of Pharmacology edited by chief experts in the field of pharmacology, philosophy of medicine, epistemology, biostatistics, economics, and history and sociology of medicine. 

Editors: Mattia Andreoletti(editor-in-chief)Barbara Osimani (editor-in-chief)Jeffrey Aronson, Federico Boem, Giovanni BonioloPasqualina Castaldo, Raffaele Giorgetti, Claus Jacob, Saana Jukola, Franz König Maël Lemoine, Carlo Martini, Barbara MintzesScott Podolsky, Martin PoschMassimo Riccaboni, Elena Rocca, Klaus Ruthenberg, Devora Shapiro, Benjamin Smart, Adriano TagliabracciMark Tonelli. 


The complex network of interests (epistemic, financial, reputational etc.), as well as legal rights and duties that frame the scientific and social ecosystem in which pharmacology is embedded, make it a unique blend of science and technology. And latest scientific advancements has revealed a lot of new aspects and new questions that require an interdisciplinary approach to be answered. In this Handbook, philosophers and health scientists will provide a panorama of the complex interaction of such heterogeneous dimensions with a special focus on the current debates on: 1) standards of evidence; 2) evolution of methods and tools for statistical and scientific inference; 3) pragmatics as well as epistemic asymmetry of causal assessment of benefits vs. harms; 4) ethical and societal issues. The Handbook aims to offer an exhaustive overview on current critical issues in pharmacology from various perspectives: formal epistemology, social epistemology, philosophy of medicine, general philosophy of science, philosophy of statistics, meta-science, social studies of science, economics, bioethics, law and policy 

We invite all the interested scholars to submit a chapter proposal, both neutral and positions papers are welcomed. The topics to be tackled include – but are not limited to – the following ones, whose scope sometimes overlap: 

  • Adverse Drug Reactions 
  • Animal models 
  • Causal inference in pharmacology 
  • Computational methods in pharmacology (e.g. deep learning, nature-inspired algorithms, Bayesian networks) 
  • Drug policy and regulation 
  • Evidence-Based pharmacology 
  • Ethical Issues in pharmacology 
  • Health economics (“micro” and “macro” approaches) 
  • History of pharmacology 
  • Methodological issues in drug discovery 
  • Pharmacoeconomics 
  • Pharmacoepidemiology 
  • Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics 
  • Pharmacosurveillance and Risk Management 
  • Social studies of pharmacology 
  • Statistical models and methods in pharmacology 
  • Toxicology 

Expressions of interest to contribute to the Handbook, initially consisting of a 500 words abstract with the full details names and contact of the authors, should be sent to Mattia Andreoletti at: by 15th June 2019Full papers are due by November 2019. Further details will be discussed with the authors whose abstracts have been accepted. 


For further information, please feel free to contact: 

Dr. Mattia Andreoletti (University of 

Prof. Barbara Osimani (UNIVPM/LMU) 


Variety of Evidence in Erkenntnis

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Erkenntnis has just published an article by Jürgen Landes on the Variety of Evidence Thesis in which he aims to vindicate this thesis. He shows that the thesis can be vindicated in almost all cases. Interestingly, there are some cases in which the thesis does fail in his explication.

Special Issue on Evidence Amalgamation Completed

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Synthese has published all contributed manuscripts and the editorial of the SI on Evidence Amalgamation in the Sciences. The special issue was guest-edited by Samuel C. Fletcher, Roland Poellinger and Jürgen Landes.

PhilPharm at WHO affiliated Uppsala Monitoring Centre

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What’s Hot in Mathematical Philosophy: Pirate Games

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The latest issue of The Reasoner (May 2018) contains a contribution by Jürgen Landes on teaching game theory.

Reasoning about games has taught us much about social problems concerning interactions of self-interested agents. The relevance of self-interest and the resulting complicated social interactions are all over the news. They have also attracted interest in the philosophy of science journals, e.g., Zollman (2013: Network Epistemology: Communication in Epistemic Communities, Philosophy Compass, Volume 8, Number 1, 15-27), Holman and Bruner (2015: The Problem of Intransigently Biased Agents, Philosophy of Science, Volume 82, Number 5, 956-968) and Romero (2016: Can the behavioral sciences self-correct? A social epistemic study, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, Volume 60, 55-69), the methodology of medical inference Lundh et al. (2017: Industry sponsorship and research outcome, Cochrane Library, Number 2, Art. No.: MR000033) and – of course – The Reasoner, e.g., Osimani (2018: What’s hot in Mathematical Philosophy: The Reasoner, Volume 12, Number 2, 15-16) and Sanjay Modgil’s column.
This column is about making teaching game theory fun (to us).

Jürgen Landes. What’s Hot in Mathematical Philosophy: Pirate Games.
The Reasoner, 12 (5): pages 41–42, 2018. Open Access.

Juergen Landes at the University of Kent

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Juergen Landes was invited to speak at the university of Kent: on 17th of April 2017 he gave a talk on “Evidence Synthesis”.

SILFS Logic Prize

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We are pleased to communicate that Stefano Bonzio has been awarded the SILFS Logic Prize 2018 for the paper “Duality for Plonka sums” (ArXiv preprint). This is part of the project “A prize of Logic in every country“.