Kirstin Borgerson

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

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  • Fall 2022
    PHIL 3170/5170/GWST 3500
    PHIL 4680/5680

Office Hours

Please contact at

Room 1127, Marion McCain Building

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

  • Bluhm R., Borgerson K. "An Epistemic Argument for Research-Practice Integration in Medicine." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine 43.4(2018)468-484
  • Borgerson, K. “An Argument for Fewer Clinical Trials.” Hastings Center Report 46 (2016): 1-11. DOI: 10.10002/hast.637
  •  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. “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.