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Manufacturing the placebo effect.

Hardman, D., 2022. Manufacturing the placebo effect. Philosophical Investigations. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1111/phin.12341


In the context of modern medicine, the placebo effect is a troublesome and controversial phrase. In this paper, I use investigative ordinary language philosophy to try to get clear on what it means. In so doing, I uncover three points. (i) The placebo effect makes sense in research but not clinical practice. (ii) To make the phrase make sense in clinical practice, we must manufacture a situation in which we can change linguistic habits. (iii) Such action is not necessary because in clinical practice we do better with other, more settled words and phrases.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36560
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Feb 2022 12:50
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:32


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