skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

Dr Stephen John

Dr Stephen John

Hatton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Public Health

Public health ethics; epistemology and ethics


Biography:

I research and teach on a variety of topics at the intersection of philosophy of science, applied ethics, social epistemology, and political philosophy.

My main research to date has clustered around a series of concepts which raise both ethical and epistemological challenges: certainty, communication, chance and categorisation. I am particularly interested in how these concepts are used in policy-making, and have explored case studies ranging from Lysenkoist genetics to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to contemporary alcohol policy. In my current research, I am particularly interested in debates over the early detection and prevention of cancer. For some initial thoughts on this topic, please see here

From 2015 to 2018, I co-directed with Anna Alexandrova a project on the "Limits of the Numerical" at CRASSH. I am also affiliated with the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, with Cambridge University's Public Health Strategic Research Network, and with the Early Detection Programme at the Cambridge Cancer Centre.

For more details, please see my webpage at academia.edu or my google scholar page

Dr Stephen John on the HPS Department website

Departments

History and Philosophy of Science:
Public health ethics; epistemology and ethics