Ivan Valbusa

Process and product: the exemplary case of homeopathy

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Keywords: Philosophy of Biotechnology; CAM; Pragmatism; Pseudoscience; Philosophy of Medicine.

This paper examines the status of homeopathic remedies by analysing the process-product dichotomy from a pragmatist point of view. The idea of the primacy of the process leads inevitably to the «is/ought fallacy»: that homeopathic remedies at ultra-high dilutions ought to be specific because the production process is specific. We can prevent this tendency by adopting the perspective of "weak primacy of the product"; while still being aware of the importance of the generative processes, this perspective considers the object-level detectable differences the decisive question at both a philosophical and social level.

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