The relativity of ‘placebos’: defending a modified version of Grünbaum’s definition

@article{Howick2015TheRO,
  title={The relativity of ‘placebos’: defending a modified version of Gr{\"u}nbaum’s definition},
  author={Jeremy Howick},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2015},
  volume={194},
  pages={1363-1396}
}
  • J. Howick
  • Published 2015
  • Computer Science, Psychology
  • Synthese
Debates about the ethics and effects of placebos and whether ‘placebos’ in clinical trials of complex treatments such as acupuncture are adequate (and hence whether acupuncture is ‘truly’ effective or a ‘mere placebo’) rage. Yet there is currently no widely accepted definition of the ‘placebo’. A definition of the placebo is likely to inform these controversies. Grünbaum’s (1981, 1986) characterization of placebos and placebo effects has been touted by some authors as the best attempt thus far… Expand
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