Public Health Policies: Philosophical Perspectives Between Science and Democracy

2020-10-09
Deadline for submissions: the 30th of March 2021

The pandemic known as COVID19 has clarified how public health policies constitute a central element for the future of human societies, from different points of view.
Public health policies focus not only on practical-political needs (e.g. ensuring citizens' health) but also on moral needs (e.g. health is a value) and epistemological questions (e.g. what shared knowledge is).
In fact, devising effective policies requires first of all not only relying on reliable data and models (ie the so-called evidence based policy) but also ensuring that these policies are democratically accepted, shared (e.g. considering the cognitive dimension but also social aspects) and, hopefully, the conclusion of a deliberative process involving experts from various fields alongside citizens.
On the other hand, it is increasingly clear that the translation of scientific evidence into policy implementation rules is not a linear path.
Rather, it is often tortuous, with many different levels to consider, which are often difficult to reconcile for the different assumptions adopted or for the different purposes desired.
Public health policies therefore constitute a perfect (and perhaps obligatory) laboratory for investigating the relationship between scientific knowledge, its epistemic justification and its ethical dimension, in relation to the democratic order.
The purpose of this collection of essays is precisely to use public health policies, from vaccination policies to pandemic management, as a field of investigation not only to analyze epistemological, ethical and social aspects but also to explore new theoretical proposals that can keep all these aspects together.   Contributions must be original and not under review elsewhere. All papers will be subject to double-anonymous peer-review.
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