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Philosophers chatting with clinicians #1 Roger Kerry and Adam Shriver

Updated: Feb 15, 2020

By Laura Rathbone Twitter: PhilsClinsChat


Yay! It's here!! The very first episode of Philosophers chatting with clinicians!

In this episode we have Adam Shriver chatting with Roger Kerry about the two worlds of philosophy and clinical practice as well as the implications for science and evidence-based practice. We explore what it is to 'do' science, the philosophical versus the clinical need and approaches to defining 'pain' and all the ethics and tensions that sit in between.

Adam Shriver is currently based at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom at the Uehiro Centre for practical ethics. He is a philosopher with a Ph.D. from the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to Oxford, he worked at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of British Columbia.

Adam’s research examines the intersection of ethics and cognitive science and he has written multiple articles about human well-being and animal welfare. In particular, Adam’s research has examined the significance of the dissociation between the affective and sensory components of pain for philosophical theories of ethics and well-being.

To this end, Adam has written about the relationship between pain and pleasure, the legal and ethical questions that arise from the search for a neural signature of pain in humans, and the capacity for suffering across different species.

Roger Kerry is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK.

He is also a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist, and an honorary Fellow of the UK’s Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. His main clinical research interests have been in adverse events and physiotherapy interventions of the head and neck, particularly on the causal nature of the interventions.

Roger is also undertaking research activity in the area of Philosophy of Science, investigating the nature of causation in the health sciences.  His PhD thesis was titled 'Causation and Evidence-based Medicine' (supervised by Prof. Stephen Mumford) and he collaborates with the Cause Health project, which brings together philosophers, medical researchers and practitioners to address a major challenge: how to understand causation in health sciences.

Paper specifically discussed in the episode:

Aydede, M. and Shriver, A., 2018. Recently introduced definition of “nociplastic pain” by the International Association for the Study of Pain needs better formulation. Pain, 159(6), pp.1176-1177.

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