PL EN


2007 | 43 | 2(172) | 239-248
Article title

Galen's Theory of Scientific Method in Medicine

Authors
Selected contents from this journal
Title variants
Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
The article presents Galen's system of scientific medicine and some problems of its top-level principles. He endeavored to build an axiomatic and deductive system of medicine. Methods of reasoning had to respect the laws of logic; they were to follow from certain premises and to discover new truths. The lower-level premises are often secured by good empirical methods. They were not questioned, but they had not enjoyed the status of axioms. The top-level principles that have to do the work of indemonstrable primary premises are self-evident axioms and definitions. The definitions generally fulfilled the required conditions though Galen himself showed that they owed their status of being self-evident and valid to empirical research. The axioms have to be non-definitional and self-evident but as some of them are either vacuous or highly problematic, Galen's top-level medical indemonstrables are inadequate for that task.
Year
Volume
43
Issue
Pages
239-248
Physical description
Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
author
  • J. Swiderek, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej w Lublinie, Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii, pl. M. Curie-Sklodowskiej 4, 20-031 Lublin, Poland
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
07PLAAAA03196604
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.8327f22e-3963-3d7f-9717-24855e91143b
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.