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Dien Ho
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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    When Good Organs Go to Bad People.Dien Ho - 2008 - Bioethics 22 (2):77-83.
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    Keeping It Ethically Real.Dien Ho - 2016 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41 (4):369-383.
    Many clinical ethicists have argued that ethics expertise is impossible. Their skeptical argument usually rests on the assumptions that to be an ethics expert is to know the correct moral conclusions, which can only be arrived at by having the correct ethical theories. In this paper, I argue that this skeptical argument is unsound. To wit, ordinary ethical deliberations do not require the appeal to ethical or meta-ethical theories. Instead, by agreeing to resolve moral differences by appealing to reasons, the (...)
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    Providing Optimal Care With Dirty Hands.Dien Ho - 2010 - American Journal of Bioethics 10 (2):16-17.
  4. Antidepressants and the FDA’s Black-Box Warning: Determining a Rational Public Policy in the Absence of Sufficient Evidence.Dien Ho - 2012 - Virtual Mentor--The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 14 (6):483-488.
     
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    A Philosopher Goes to the Doctor: A Critical Look at Philosophical Assumptions in Medicine.Dien Ho - 2019 - Routledge.
    This book sheds light on important philosophical assumptions made by professionals working in clinical and research medicine. In doing so, it aims to make explicit how active philosophy is in medicine and shows how this awareness can result in better and more informed medical research and practice. -/- It examines: what features make something a scientific discipline; the inherent tensions between understanding medicine as a research science and as a healing practice; how the “replication crisis” in medical research asks us (...)
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  6. Anthropic Reasoning Does Not Conflict with Observation.Dien Ho & Bradley Monton - 2005 - Analysis 65 (1):42–45.
    We grant that anthropic reasoning yields the result that we should not expect to be in a small civilization. However, regardless of what civilization one finds oneself in, one can use anthropic reasoning to get the result that one should not expect to be in that sort of civilization. Hence, contra Ken Olum, anthropic reasoning does not conflict with observation.
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    Borderline Disorder: Medical Personnel and Law Enforcement.Dien Ho, Kenneth Richman & Mark Bigney - 2014 - The Hasting Center: Bioethics Forum Essay.
  8. Farewell to Empiricism.Dien Ho - 2007 - In Bradley John Monton (ed.), Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply From Bas C. Van Fraassen. Oxford University Press.
     
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  9. Harm, Truth, and the Nocebo Effect.Dien Ho - 2020 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 29 (2):236-245.
     
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  10. Introduction.Dien Ho - 2017 - In Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics: Development, Dispensing, and Use. Springer.
    The ubiquitous presence of pharmaceuticals in our lives is underappreciated. In the United States between 2009 and 2012, almost half the population used at least one prescription drug and more than one in ten Americans used five or more prescription drugs within a 30-day period. The use of pharmaceuticals is so widespread that runoffs from incorrect disposal of drugs have become a pollutant in our drinking water. In 2009, researchers found 51 different pharmaceuticals from beta-blockers to antianxiety medications to anticonvulsants (...)
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  11. Love in the Time of Antibiotic Resistance: How Altruism Might Be Our Best Hope.Dien Ho - 2017 - In Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics: Development, Dispensing, and Use. Springer.
    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose a serious threat to our health. Our ability to destroy deadly bacteria by using antibiotics have not only improved our lives by curing infections, it also allows us to undertake otherwise dangerous treatments from chemotherapies to invasive surgeries. The emergence of antibiotic resistance, I argue, is a consequence of various iterations of prisoner’s dilemmas. To wit, each participant (from patients to nations) has rational self-interest to pursue a course of action that is suboptimal for all of us. (...)
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    Making Ethical Progress Without Ethical Theories.Dien Ho - 2015 - AMA Journal of Ethics 17 (4):289-296.
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    Narratives, Values, and Medicine.Dien Ho - 2019 - Chronicle of Narrative Medicine.
  14. Paradigms, Coherence, and the Fog of Evidence.Dien Ho - 2013 - Virtual Mentor--The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 15 (1):65-70.
     
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  15. Pharmacy Ethics.Dien Ho - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
     
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    Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics: Development, Dispensing, and Use.Dien Ho (ed.) - 2017 - Springer.
    This anthology provides a collection of new essays on ethical and philosophical issues that concern the development, dispensing, and use of pharmaceuticals. It brings together critical ethical issues in pharmaceutics that have not been included in any collection (e.g., the ethics of patients as researchers). In addition, it includes philosophical issues that are not within the traditional domain of applied ethics. For example, a game-theoretic approach to combating the emergence of antibiotic-resistent pathogens by spreading altruism. A tripartite distinction provides an (...)
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  17. Theorizing the World: How Explanations Reveal Reality.Dien Ho - 2003 - Dissertation, City University of New York
    Theorizing the World argues that explanations play a central role in our theoretical understanding of the world. Explanations explain in virtue of subsuming what is to be explained under the appropriate projectable regularities. My epistemological account of explanation differs from traditional views in understanding subsumption as a far more complex relation. When a projectable regularity explains, it both confirms its corresponding background theories and draws explanatory strength from them at the same time. The failure of the standard models of explanation, (...)
     
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    Thinking While Asian.Dien Ho - 2020 - APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies.
    Students with recent immigrant roots disproportionately choose educational trajectories in STEM. In addition to the perception that STEM represents the "path of least racism," many students assume the responsibility of contributing to their families' financial wellbeing. In this talk, I share my experience teaching at a pre-professional healthcare university with a large percentage of 1st and 2nd-generation Asian immigrant students. Many of them seek advice on how to negotiate the social and familial pressure to pursue STEM against their interests in (...)
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    Why Construing Theories of Depression as Lakatos' Research Programs Might Spell Trouble for Their Proponents.Dien Ho - 2018 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 25 (4):305-307.
    In his "Let the drugs lead the way! On the unfolding of a research program in psychiatry," Shai Mulinari nicely lays out the evolution of theories of depression since the late 1950s; that is, understanding depression as ultimately a brain disorder centering on the functioning of monoamine neurotransmitters. Moreover, the emergence of various psychotropic drug treatments have provided researchers with a "pharmacological bridge" to gain a more precise understanding of depression by observing the effects of these drugs on patients' monoamines (...)
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    What’s So Bad About Being A Zombie?Dien Ho - 2013 - Philosophy Now 96 (96):8-11.