Ceteris Paribus: An Epistemological Error with Ethical Consequences

Authors

  • Chris Arsenault McMaster University

Keywords:

placebo, epistemology

Abstract

Herein I call into question a common epistemological justification for placebo controls, and thereby problematize the use of placebo in many modern clinical trials. I demonstrate both the ethical harm and epistemic inferiority of placebo controls in certain knowledge contexts, arguing the standard of care should be the more acceptable comparator for novel treatments in such contexts.

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Published

2020-12-26