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Does religion deserve a place in secular medicine?
  1. Brian D Earp
  1. Correspondence to Brian D Earp, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Suite 8, Littlegate House, St Ebbes Street, Oxford OX1 1PT, UK; brian.earp{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Biggar (2015) argues that “religion” deserves a place in secular medicine. Against this view, I argue that religion (as most people would understand the term) should not play a role in shaping secular health policy, and I provide some illustrations of the potential dangers of the contrary. However, I also suggest that—upon closer inspection—Biggar seems to be using the term “religion” to refer to obliquely to what most people would call “moral philosophy.” On this less controversial interpretation, Biggar's proposal is inoffensive—but also unoriginal.

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