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Conference programme

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This cross-disciplinary conference will explore the emerging problem of ‘too much medicine’ (TMM) including overdiagnosis and overtreatment. TMM is likely to benefit an interdisciplinary perspective for several reasons.

One cause of TMM is arguably ‘disease mongering’ where for example risk factors are interpreted as diseases and treated as such. This is related to the philosophical problem of defining disease—without a clear definition of what counts as diabetes or cancer, harmful and costly tests and treatments can be introduced unchecked.

Also, the problem of TMM provides a platform for broader issues. For example it highlights the importance of considering values alongside evidence—some might value being given a test even without an improved clinical outcome.

This project will begin to address the problem of TMM issue from an interdisciplinary perspective. The organising committee and invited speakers have a strong track record of communicating to both philosophical and medical audiences.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the Journal for Applied Philosophy.

Confirmed speakers:

Philosophers of medicine

Medical researchers:


We are grateful to the following organisations for funding to support this conference:

The Society for Applied Philosophy

The British Society for Philosophy of Science

Deadline: 28 February 2017

We welcome abstracts from philosophers of medicine with ideas that may be relevant to medicine, and medical researchers/practitioners with ideas that may be relevant to philosophy are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Abstracts (no more than 200 words) to be sent no later than 28 February 2017 to  

Do not include your name on the document to permit blinded review. Please be sure to emphasise the interdisciplinary nature of your talk.

The cost of the conference is £50 for two days and includes all talks, morning/afternoon tea and coffee, and lunch.

Register here

If you would like to attend without giving a talk:

Please reserve your place by sending an email to no later than 28 February 2017.


Two £200 bursaries are available for UK students (including graduate students).

Conference venue

62 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PN, see Google Maps here. 

Search for accommodation

The best place to start is University Rooms

Or Conference Oxford - B&Bs and Self-Catering 

Other options include:

MacDonald Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN  Tel: 01865 256 400

Check-in from 2pm
Breakfast served in the restaurant 7-10am
Check-out time by 11am
Limited parking is available on site, charged at £26.50 per night 

Mercure Eastgate, 73 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BE  Tel: 01242 307 801

Check-in from 2pm
Breakfast served in High Table Brasserie and Bar from 6.30-9.30am
Check-out by midday
Limited parking on site, charged at £15 per night

Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4PS  Tel: 01865 324 324

Check-in from 3pm
Breakfast is served in Deacons Restaurant from 6.30-9.30am
Check-out by 11am
Limited free parking is available on site

Parking info

Please note that there is limited parking in Oxford.

There are five Park and Ride Schemes operating from the outskirts of the city:

  •  Pear Tree, on the A44 Woodstock-Oxford Road
  • Redbridge, off Abingdon Road, two miles south of the city centre
  • Seacourt, on Botley Road, one and half miles west
  • Thornhill, next to Nielsen's on the A40 approach to Oxford, three miles east
  • Water Eaton, north of Oxford on the A4260 approach to Oxford.  The MSTC is 20 minutes' walk from the railway station

There are also express coach services that run between Oxford and London (1 - 1 1/2 hours) and Oxford is conveniently reached from Heathrow Airport (1 1/4 hours) and Gatwick Airport (2 hours) by frequent coach services.


  • Professor Alexander Bird (Bristol)
  • Dr Jeremy Howick (Oxford)
  • Professor Havi Carel (Bristol)
  • Professor Alexander Broadbent (Johannesburg)
  • Dr Ashley Graham Kennedy (Florida Atlantic)
  • Dr Sean Valles (Michigan State)
  • Dr Raffaella Campaner (Bologna)

Medical researchers

  • Professor Ben Djulbegovic (University of South Florida)
  • Ms Charlotte Albury (Oxford)
  • Dr Andrew Papanikitas (Oxford)
  • Dr Andrew Moscropp (Oxford)
  • Professor Jeffrey Aronson (Oxford)

And in an advisory capacity

  • Professor Edward Harcourt (Oxford)


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