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Health, Illness and Disease


  • Insight Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience 4800 South Saginaw Street Flint, MI, 48507 United States (map)

Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.

— Marcel Proust

I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.

— John Donne

Call for Proposals

Defining such concepts as “health” and “wellness” seem so straightforward. But what is “health”? What is it to be well? Likewise, what exactly is an illness, a disease? Does being healthy require attaining goals or fitting within averages? Or both or neither? Who are the experts on health and well-being? Where does the physical, medical, realm end and the psychological, mental, realm begin? Are questions concerning intellectual and cognitive well-being medical questions? These questions and their implications should be understood to have broad application and relevance.

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the medical, pharmaceutical and neurosciences, social sciences, critical and cultural studies (including gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, and critical legal theory), law, education, linguistics, as well as other relevant disciplines and fields.

Abstracts are due January 31, 2020. Decisions will be made by the end of February, 2020. Full papers of between 4,000 and 10,000 words will be due June 1, 2020.

Papers presented at the Health, Illness and Disease conference will be eligible for inclusion in a proceedings issue of the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (JCN).

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