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Research interests

I work in the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of medicine. I am interested in the metaphysics of disease, modelling disease, the epistemology of evidence-based medicine, clinical reasoning, and medical research methodology. I have published on the medical model, the nature of chronic disease, the structure of disease classification, prediction in prognosis and therapy, causal inference in clinical research, and the evidential import of meta-research in medicine. I also have training in medicine and am interested in how philosophy can enhance medicine and medical education.

Selected Publications

Fuller, J. Meta-research evidence for evaluating therapies. Philosophy of Science. In press.

Fuller, J. The confounding question of confounding causes in randomized trials. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Online First; doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axx015.

Fuller, J. Universal etiology, multifactorial diseases, and the constitutive model of disease classification. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences2018;67: 8-15.

Fuller, J. What are chronic diseases? Synthese2018;195: 3197–3220.

Fuller, J. The new medical model: a renewed challenge for biomedicine. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2017;189(17): E640-E641.

Fuller, J. and L.J. Flores. The Risk GP Model: the standard model of prediction in medicine. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences2015;54: 49-61.


Contact Information

  • Personal Title: Faculty of Arts and Science Postdoctoral Fellow
  • E-mail address: jonathan.fuller@mail.utoronto.ca