The cutting edge: a surgical case study in field philosophy

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Reframing an ongoing project on surgical innovation as an example of field philosophy has provided a valuable resource for our team to better understand the nature of our research and to grapple with the challenges it raises. The chapter outlines our interdisciplinary project, which involved a large team of academic philosophers, lawyers, and surgeons, as well as healthcare workers based in Australia and New Zealand. The securing of a significant Australian Research Council linkage with industry grant helped cement the empirical orientation of the project by writing in relationship with stakeholders and embedding a philosopher within an industry-based partner organization. The research was motivated by practical problems around defining surgical innovation and the ethical issues raised by its practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA guide to field philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationcase studies and practical strategies
EditorsEvelyn Brister, Robert Frodeman
Place of PublicationNew York ; London
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351169080
ISBN (Print)9780815347576, 9780815347552
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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