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Press Release – September 2015

King’s announces interdisciplinary initiative in Philosophy & Medicine

With the generous support of the Peter Sowerby Foundation, King’s College London – home to the largest centre for healthcare education in Europe – has launched Philosophy & Medicine, a joint venture between King’s Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, whereby courses of study in philosophy will be introduced into the curricula that train clinicians.

Additionally, King’s will host a range of public lectures and activities to encourage dialogue and collaborative research across these disciplines.

‘Medics and philosophers confront many of the same great issues – life and death, body and mind, knowledge and judgement – but too rarely engage with each other,’ said David Aspinall, Chair of the Trustees of the Peter Sowerby Foundation. ‘Since his training at King’s and Guy’s in the 1950s and throughout his career, Dr Peter Sowerby has wanted to see practitioners better equipped to engage with such vital issues in the course of delivering patient care. We are delighted that today the Peter Sowerby Chair in Philosophy and Medicine takes forward an extensive programme of thought-provoking activities across King’s. The Trustees hope that the next generation of health professionals will engage in philosophical debate and thereby enrich their understanding of patient care and technological advancement.’

‘I am excited by this partnership,’ Stuart Carney, Dean of Medical Education at King’s GKT School of Medical Education, said, ‘Introducing fundamental philosophy into our medical curriculum will enable the next generation to unlock the emerging healthcare challenges in terms of the big questions.’

The King’s Colloquium in Philosophy and Medicine will begin on 1 October with a public lecture by David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Oxford, who will speak on “Placebo-controlled Surgical Trials”.

The Team:


  • Nathan Oseroff: Audio-Visual – nathan.oseroff@kcl.ac.uk
  • Isabelle Dalton-Locke, BA Philosophy student
  • Anna Shevkoplyas, BSc Global Health student


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