Intuition is central to discussions about the nature of scientific and philosophical reasoning and what it means to be human. In this bold and timely book, Hillel D. Braude marshals his dual training as a physician and philosopher to examine the place of intuition in medicine. Rather than defining and using a single concept of intuition - philosophical, practical, or neuroscientific - Braude here examines intuition as it occurs at different levels and in different contexts of clinical reasoning. He argues that not only does intuition provide the bridge between medical and moral reasoning, but that it also links the epistemological, ontological, and ethical foundations of clinical decision making. In presenting his case, Braude takes readers on a journey through Aristotle's "Ethics" and the current debates between regulators and clinicians on evidence-based medicine, and then applies the philosophical perspectives of Reichenbach, Popper, and Peirce to analyze the intuitive support for clinical equipoise, a key concept in research ethics.
Through his phenomenological study of intuition, Braude aims to demonstrate that ethical responsibility for the other lies at the heart of clinical judgment. Braude's study will be welcomed not only by philosophers but also by clinicians eager to justify how they use moral intuitions, and anyone interested in medical decision making.
Hillel D. Braude completed his medical education and training at the University of Cape Town Medical School and his PhD at the University of Chicago. He is a research assistant in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University.