Exploring Evie’s philosophical biases

Philosophical Biases

Dr. Rani Lill Anjum and Evie set out to explore Evie’s philosophical biases as a clinician, and end up going on many tangents.

Rani is a philosopher and co-director of the Cause Health Project, whose recent open-access book “Rethinking Causality, Complexity and Evidence for the Unique Patient” has sparked much interest and discussion in the physiotherapy community.

Evie first heard of the project and Rani’s dispositionalist perspective after hearing her speak on the excellent Words Matter podcast with Dr. Oliver Thompson.

In this discussion Rani and Evie explore the philosophical biases that may have been shaped by Evie’s education.

We also discuss

  • reductionism and the limits of empirical science-based knowledge, if there are any!
  • Clinicians’ modern reluctance to assert their own “expertise” for fear of being seen as arrogant or old-fashioned
  • The possible reasons why clinicians, and in Evie’s view particularly clinicians with an interest in persisting pain, are showing such interest in the Cause Health Project.

This was a very fun and stimulating chat.

I’d encourage anyone with an interest in these topics to download the Cause Health book for free here and to listen to the Words Matter podcast “Cause Health Series” 

Evie also discusses the Cause Health project and views of complexity in this chat with with pelvic health specialist Bill Taylor here


Rani Lill Anjum Philosopher and Founder of the NMBU Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science at NMBU, Norway, specialising on causality, probability and complexity in science and medicine.

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