I am an Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Underwood International College at Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea).
Before turning to philosophy, I studied Biopsychology and Cognitive Science (B.A.) at the University of Michigan and Developmental and Clinical Psychology (M.A.) at York University. I earned my PhD the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, where my dissertation explored the effects of industry funding on medical research.
I recently organized the Medical Knowledge in a Social World Conference which focused on the intersection of medical and social epistemology. Given its success (see British Medical Journal coverage here) we will be convening another conference in 2018/2019. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me to be added to our mailing list!
As might be indicated by the conference theme, I'm interested in developing the intersection between medical and social epistemology. My current project is focused on articulating how scientific epistemology must be altered in areas of science that are heavily influenced by industry funding. Specifically, in areas such as medical (especially pharmaceutical) research: How should we evaluate and interpret evidence given that it is not produced as a good-faith effort by a community of truth-seekers? How can including the social dimension into epistemology bring to light problems that are obscured by focusing on an isolated knower confronting a fixed set of data? Finally, what are the ethical implications of the new role that scientific evidence is playing in medical decision making?
My work brings the tools of history, philosophy, statistics, and game-theory to bear on this question. Though the argument is general, I am particularly interested in mental health and philosophy of mind.
This website contains links to my research and teaching. If you have any questions, please contact me (bholman[at]yonsei.ac.kr).