Dr. Juliette Ferry-Danini

I’m a philosopher of medicine based in Belgium

Photographie: Aure Boichard

I am a philosopher of medicine working as a FNRS postdoctoral researcher (Chargée de recherche) at UCLouvain in Belgium.

My philosophical endeavour is focused improving current medical knowledge and medical practices. In my PhD dissertation, I first took a critical look at contemporary philosophical approaches suggesting we should “humanise” medical practices by building on different continental philosophical approaches. I suggested instead a critical approach focused on improving outcomes and medical systems, as well as pointing to bias in medicine.

Nowadays, I continue my critical approach by looking at both the past and the future of medicine. I do that by tackling two types of opacity medicine must confront today. The first type of opacity is that of the history of pharmacy. I argue that deciphering the history behind the making of a drug is sometimes key to assess the probable effectiveness of that drug and even put their success into question. My current case study is a French painkiller.

The second type of opacity has to do with the new technologies that are being introduced in medical practice: medical artificial intelligence. The concept of opacity in this domain lies in between ethical and epistemological questions that have yet to be all investigated and that are not unlike what we find within the pharmaceutical industry.

I was previously a postdoctoral fellow and teaching instructor at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. Before that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Paris and Sorbonne Université. I was also a lecturer at Université Lyon 1 at the medical and science faculties. I earned my PhD in philosophy from Sorbonne Université in Paris in 2019 and I studied history and philosophy of science in Paris and philosophy in Canterbury in the UK.

You can browse through my philosopher profile and my papers here: https://philpeople.org/profiles/juliette-ferry-danini

You can also read some of my public philosophy work at: https://ferry-danini.medium.com/

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