Lara Keuck is a historian and philosopher of medicine. At the MPIWG she leads an independent Max Planck Research Group on "Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences." Lara graduated in molecular biomedicine at Bonn University with a Diploma thesis in virology at the Robert Koch Institute in 2008. She then participated in a German-French PhD program in History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Medicine at the University Medical Center Mainz and the Philosophy Department of the École normale supérieure in Paris, and completed her dissertation Towards an Epistemology of Medical Classification Systems in 2012. Her research was awarded the 2012 Prize for Philosophy in Psychiatry of the German Association of Psychiatry DGPPN.
In 2012–15, Lara held postdoctoral positions at the MPIWG and at the Institute of Philosophy at Humboldt University Berlin, where she worked on a project on blurred boundaries, from which grew a book on vagueness in psychiatry. The ETH Zurich awarded her a Branco Weiss Fellowship in 2015, the funding from which was used to establish a junior research group "Learning from Alzheimer’s Disease: A History of Biomedical Models of Mental Illness," which she led from 2015–21 at the Department of History of HU Berlin. Lara has also been a short-term visiting scholar at Princeton University, University of Exeter, and Université de Bordeaux. In 2020 she was elected to Die Junge Akademie, the young academy of Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Lara has lectured in medicine, philosophy, and history, and has collaborated with scientists and scholars across these fields, in particular on meta-methodological questions and on the uses of history and philosophy in biomedicine.
Keuck, Lara K. (2013). “Review of: Lemoine, Maël: La désunité de la médecine: essai sur les valeurs explicatives de la science médicale. Paris: Hermann 2011.” Revue philosophique de la France et de l’étranger 138 (4): 594–596. https://doi.org/10…Read More
Bauer, Susanne, Lara Huber, Marie I. Kaiser, Lara K. Keuck, Ulrich Krohs, Maria Kronfeldner, Peter McLaughlin, and Kärin Nickelsen (2013). “Philosophie der Lebenswissenschaften: Entwicklungen und Tendenzen.” Information Philosophie, no. 4: 14–27…Read More
Keuck, Lara K. (2017). “An Interview with Cornelius Borck on his recently published book, Introduction to Philosophy of Medicine (Medizinphilosophie. Zur Einführung, 2016. Junius: Hamburg.” History of the Human Sciences Blog 08.02.2017. http://www…Read More
Keuck, Lara K. (2017). “The Twenty-first Book Review of ‘The Alzheimer Conundrum’. Review of: Lock, Margaret: The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging. Princeton: Princeton University Press 2013 .” BioSocieties 12 (1): 176–181…Read More
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, LMU München
Laboratoire d'Excellence DistAlz, Espace éthique Ile-de-France, Équipe de Recherche en Éthique et Épistémologie
CIRCUS, University of Uppsala, SWE
American Philosophical Association
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, HU Berlin
Workshop "Invisible labour and knowledge production in the human sciences," Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Invited lecture at the "Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss"
Psychopathological Fringes: Historical and Social Science Perspectives on Category Work in Psychiatry
Öffentliches Kolloquium des Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology, Montpellier
Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris
2012 Meeting of the History of Science Society, San Diego, CA, USA
IVe Congrès de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences (SPS), Montreal, Canada
Third Biennial Society of Philosophy of Science in Practice Conference, Exeter, UK
Philosophy Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz