Professor, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University
During his AIAS-PIREAU fellowship, Somogy Varga will be working on the project 'Health Inequality and Medical dehumanization'
The project aims to explore the concepts of health and disease that people use and to examine their connection to existing health inequalities and medical dehumanization. The first part of the project, in collaboration with Andrew J. Latham, combines traditional philosophical theorizing with experimental methods. We examine people’s concepts of health and disease, explore how they deploy them to make health-related judgments, and consider whether subtle differences could contribute to misaligned perceptions that potentially exacerbate health disparities. Based on these results, the second part of the project will explore the connection between these varying concepts of health and disease, health inequality, and the phenomenon of medical dehumanization.
I am professor of philosophy at Aarhus University and visiting research professor at Ruhr University Bochum. Before coming to Aarhus, I worked at the University of Memphis and at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. My current research is mostly concerned with interrelated topics in the philosophy of science, psychiatry, and medicine.
Project title: Health Inequality and Medical dehumanization
Area of research: Philosophy
Fellowship period: 1 Sep 2023 - 31 Jul 2024
Fellowship type: AIAS-PIREAU fellow
This fellowship has received funding from The Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF)