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Robyn Bluhm, Ph.D.

Robyn  Bluhm
  • Professor
  • LB Course Subject Area: Science and Society
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Holmes Hall, E-190
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 884-8524


  • LB 133 - Introduction to History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
  • LB 326A - Medicine and Health
  • LB 492 - Senior Seminar


I am a philosopher of science whose research and teaching focus on neuroscience and medicine, including psychiatry, where those two interests come together. I am especially interested in understanding how scientists' choice of methods and their background assumptions about the nature of the phenomena they investigate influence their research, which can have important ethical implications.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy. Western University (Ontario)
  • M.A., Philosophy. McMaster University
  • B.A., Philosophy. Laurentian University
  • B.Sc., Behavioural Neuroscience. Laurentian University


  • National Institute of Mental Health/BRAIN Initiative. ($1,414,478) Project Title: Is the treatment perceived to be worse than the disease: Ethical concerns and attitudes toward psychiatric electroceutical interventions. With Laura Cabrera (PI), Aaron McCright, and Eric Achtyes.
  • "On What Evidence" - book project in progress. Coauthor, Dr. Mark Tonelli


  • Şerife Tekin and Robyn Bluhm (Eds.). (2019) The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. London: Bloomsbury Press.
  • Gungor NZ, Duchesne A, Bluhm R (2019) A conversation around the integration of sex and gender when modelling aspects of fear, anxiety, and PTSD in animals Scholar and Feminist Online 15(2)
  • Bluhm R, Cabrera LY, McKenzie R (2019) What we (should) talk about when we talk about deep brain stimulation and personal identity Neuroethics https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-019-09396-6
  • Bluhm R, Borgerson K. (2018) An epistemic argument for research-practice integration in medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 43(4): 469-484.
  • Bluhm R. (2017) The need for new ontologies in psychiatry. Philosophical Explorations 20(2): 146 – 159.
  • Hoffman G, Bluhm R. (2016) Neurosexism and neurofeminism. Philosophy Compass 11(11): 716-729.
  • Bluhm R. (2017) Gender and empathy. In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy Ed. Heidi Maibom. New York: Routledge. pp. 377 – 387.
  • Bluhm R. (2017) Nursing theory, social theory, and philosophy of science. In Social Theory and Nursing Theory Ed. Martin Lipscomb. New York: Routledge. pp. 35-47.
  • Stegenga J, Kennedy AG, Tekin Ş, Jukola S, Bluhm R. (2017) New directions in philosophy of medicine. In The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine Ed. James Marcum. London: Bloomsbury Press. pp. 343-369.
  • Bluhm, R. (2017) Evidence-based medicine, biological psychiatry, and the role of science in medicine. In Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responding to the Crisis in Mental Health Research Eds. Jeffrey Poland and Şerife Tekin. MIT Press. pp. 37 – 57.


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