Michael Loughlin


Partner: Michael Loughlin, Professor of Applied Philosophy, University of West London

Preferred contact: michael.loughlin@nds.ox.ac.uk
Key Words: Resident in: UK; Working in: UK; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Education, Management, Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Publications/CUP series, Research/philosophy, Research/person-centred care/philosophy of medicine/ evidence/value/judgment/clinical reasoning, Services/person-centered, Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Decision theory, Evidence-based practice, Ethics, Health economics, Medical humanities/bioethics/philosophical methodology/medical epistemology/moral education
Brief Description of Work: I’m a philosopher interested in underlying questions about knowledge and value in healthcare. My early work criticised the role of management theory in undermining professional autonomy, raised methodological questions about quality measures, bioethics and the use of evidence in health policy and defended a ‘virtues’ approach to practical wisdom. My recent work on medical epistemology raises questions about scientism and moral realism, defending a humanistic conception of rationality and science in practice. I’m Associate Editor of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. I Chair the Special Interest Group in Health Philosophy for the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare.
Read more: https://mmu.academia.edu/MichaelLoughlin;
See also my edited volume: Debates in Values-based Practice: Arguments For and Against