Several individual philosophers and research groups within the University of Oxford are currently working on the Philosophy of medicine. With a world-leading Faculty of Philosophy (ranked 1st in the English-speaking world), as well as the highest-ranked Departments of Primary Care, Clinical Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience in the United Kingdom, the University of Oxford has a uniquely suitable academic environment to nurture philosophy and medicine research. Worldwide, the Philosophy of Medicine is flourishing, with an increasing number of bibliographies, edited volumes, conferences, and top philosophers dedicating their energy to this area. The Oxford Philosophy and Medicine Network provides a forum that encourages interaction between academics interested in the Philosophy of Medicine.
The Network includes researchers working within medical ethics and foundational issues in the philosophy of medicine, yet has been focused mostly on more practical issues about the nature of medical evidence, and practical ethics. This includes empirical ethics and empirical philosophy. Oxford philosophers of medicine have had excellent and measurable impacts outside philosophy, as evidenced from the 2014 REF.