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Prof Alex Broadbent


BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD

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Professor in the Department of Philosophy  
co-Director in the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


Alex Broadbent is Professor of Philosophy of Science at Durham University and co-Director of the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society. He is also Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg. He is author of three monographs including Philosophy of Medicine (2019) and Philosophy of Epidemiology (2013). His research concerns: the philosophy of epidemiology, medicine, and public health; causation and causal inference in philosophy, epidemiology and law; counterfactuals; prediction; philosophy of machine learning; philosophical aspects of complexity; the decolonization of medicine and health; and the use of epidemiological and statistical evidence in law. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Philosophy of Medicine, Associate Editor of Public Health Policy specialty section of Frontiers in Public Health, and Editorial Board member of Environmental Health, Legal Theory, Global Epidemiology, and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. He is an Associate Member of Millennium Chambers, of The Barrister Network, London.

Research interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of law
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of language and logic
  • Sociology of scientific knowledge


Authored book

Chapter in book

Journal Article


  • Broadbent, A (2019). Philosophy of Medicine. OUP.
  • Broadbent, Alex (2016). Philosophy for Graduate Students: Metaphysics and Epistemology. Routledge.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Broadbent, A (2020). Causation.

Working Paper

  • Bayani, DBS Krubiner, C Barasa, E Biribawa, C Broadbent, A, Casas, L Chalkidou, K Chi, YL Combrink, H Denis, O Kaakyo, M Kabia, E Kasera, K Kazungu, J Ogero, M Organi, S Paterno, A Regan, L Smart, B Streicher, P Tan, J Tumwesigye, N Ulep, VG Uy, J Van, VS & Walker, D (2021). The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Emerging Findings from Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, and Uganda.