Alfred Tauber

Director Emeritus

Director Emeritus


Alfred I. Tauber is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Zoltan Kohn Professor Emeritus of Medicine, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science. Currently he holds a visiting professorship at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches philosophy of science at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas.

Dr. Tauber is a hematologist and biochemist by training. He served an internship and residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, followed by advanced training at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Brigham and Women┬╣s Hospital (Boston) and MIT. He spent four years on the faculty at Harvard Medical School before joining Boston University School of Medicine in 1982. Aside from over 125 research papers in immunology, biochemistry, and cell biology, Dr. Tauber has published extensively on 19th and 20th century biomedicine, contemporary science studies, and ethics. While working in the context of philosophy of science, this latter work more closely aligns with the history of ideas and moral philosophy, where the philosophical problems associated with personal identity, the value structure of science, and the attempts to find coherence in a world fragmented by competing notions of truth have required an inter-disciplinary approach.