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Kirstin Borgerson

Associate Professor; Cross-Appointed with Gender and Women's Studies

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Fall 2016
PHIL 2805

Winter 2017
PHIL 2810
PHIL 3800/5805

Office Hours

On Sabbatical

Office: Room 1127, Marion McCain Building

Department of Philosophy

Email: kirstin.borgerson@dal.ca
Phone: 902.494.3338
Mailing Address: 
Room 1127, Marion McCain Building
Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Bioethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Epistemology


  • PhD (2008) - University of Toronto
  • MA (2001) - Univeristy of Toronto
  • BA  (2000) - University of Saskatchewan

Selected Publications

  •  Borgerson, K. "Redundant, Secretive, and Isolated: When Are Clinical Trials Scientifically Valid?" Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24 4 (2014):385-411
  • Borgerson, K., "Are Explanatory Trials Ethical? Shifting the Burden of Justification in Clinical Trial Design." Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 34 4 (2013):293-308
  • Borgerson, K., "Amending and Defending Critical Contextual Empiricism" , European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 3 (2011): 435-449.
  • Bluhm, R., Borgerson, K. “Evidence-based Medicine” in Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Series, Volume: Philosophy of Medicine. Fred Gifford, Ed. London: Elsevier (2011): 203-238.
  • Borgerson, K., Millum, J. “A Third Way: Ethics Guidance as Evidence-Informed Provisional Rules.” American Journal of Bioethics 10 6 (2010): 20-22.
  • Borgerson, K. “Why reading the title isn’t good enough: An evaluation of the 4S approach to evidence-based medicine,” The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics    2 2 (2009): 152-175.
  • Borgerson, K. “Valuing Evidence: Bias and the Evidence Hierarchy of Evidence-based Medicine,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52 2 (2009): 218-33.