Creating Reflective Spaces: Interactions Between Philosophers and Biomedical Scientists


New science policy initiatives are encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations between social scientists, humanists, biomedical scientists, and engineers. Although these policy initiatives are not always clear about how such interactions should take place, the idea is that social scientists and humanists can bring a broader perspective to the table, as well as highlight a variety of matters that are often not addressed by natural scientists and engineers. This article focuses on collaborations between philosophers and biomedical scientists in order to discuss how interdisciplinary collaborations may address ethical, social, and environmental concerns in ways that lead to improvements in people’s health and quality of life. The article concludes with a consideration of some of the challenges that such collaborations face.