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Jacob Stegenga

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Jacob Stegenga is a University Lecturer in philosophy of science and medicine at Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.


He received his PhD in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, under Nancy Cartwright (philosopher). He received his B.A. in Biology and Philosophy at the University of Victoria, an MSc in Physiology and an MA in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Toronto..[1]


He has worked as an epidemiologist for the Public Health Agency of Canada and as a scientific consultant for Health Canada. [1] He was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, and was an Institute of Advanced Study Fellow at Trevelyan College, Durham University[2]. Prior to his position at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Stegenga has held faculty positions at the University of Utah and the University of Victoria[3]


He has written numerous articles on topics in the philosophy of science and medicine.[4] In addition, he has published a book, "Medical Nihilism" in 2018. The book addresses the age old view of therapeutic nihilism through the analytical lens of philosophy of science.[5] The book controversially argues that our confidence in modern medical interventions should be low. He has also published an introductory textbook on the philosophy of medicine, "Care and Cure", which is forthcoming in 2018.[6] The textbook introduces metaphysical, epistemological, and political questions in medicine.


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  5. Stegenga, Jacob (15 March 2018). "Medical Nihilism". Oxford University Press – via Oxford University Press.
  6. "Care and Cure".

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