Skip to main content
Skip banner

BIOUNCERTAINTY research seminar: Mariusz Maziarz (INCET/Instytut Filozofii UJ) - The meaning of causal claims in medicine: causal inferences and policy implications

Date: 09.01.2020
Start Time: 17.30
Place: Instytut Filozofii, s. 25
Organiser: Interdyscyplinarne Centrum Etyki UJ (INCET)

We have the pleasure to invite You for a research seminar in the ‘BIOUNCERTAINTY’ research project. The subject of the seminar is ' The meaning of causal claims in medicine: causal inferences and policy implications' and it will be delivered by Mariusz Maziarz from the Interdisciplinary Center for Ethics of the Jagiellonian University and the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University. The seminar will take place on Thursday, 9th of January, at 5:30pm in room 25 of the Institute of Philosophy, 52 Grodzka Street. The seminar will be held in English.



The purpose of my talk is twofold. First, I argue that medicine accepts moderate causal pluralism as an epistemic definition of causality. Using the approach of referentialist semantics to reconstruct the meaning of causal claims, I deliver four in-depth case studies of recent biomedical research that implicitly accept different definitions of causality. Second, I investigate the implications of pluralism for clinical practice. I differentiate among 'actions' that do not change the relata of causal claims, (mechanistic) 'interferences,' and 'interventions' sensu stricto that act on causes to change effects. My central claim is that causal claims presupposing diverse concepts of causality can deliver evidence for different types of evidence-based policy.