James Marcum

James A. Marcum is professor of philosophy and director of the Medical Humanities Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA. He earned doctorates in philosophy from Boston College and in physiology from the University of Cincinnati Medical College. He also holds a Masters degree in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School for over a decade before coming to Baylor University. He received grants from several funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association, as well as having the distinction of being awarded the first Frederik B. Bang Fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He delivers invited lectures frequently at both national and international conferences.

His current research interests include the philosophy and history of science and medicine. Examples of his recent publications appear in Annals of Science, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Perspectives on Science, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. His research interest in the biomedical sciences was in the regulation of hemostasis. Examples of his science papers appear in American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Clinical Investigations, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications, Experimental Cell Research, and Biochemistry. His most recent books are The Conceptual Foundations of Systems Biology: An Introduction. Systems Biology-Theory, Techniques and Application Series. x + 155 pp. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, and The Virtuous Physician: The Role of Virtue in Medicine. Philosophy and Medicine Series, volume 114. xiv + 241 pp. New York: Springer, 2012.


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  • Ph.D - Boston College (Philosophy)
  • Ph.D - University of Cincinatti College of Medicine (Physiology)
  • M.A.T.S. - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Theology)
  • M.S. - Miami University (Zoology)
  • B.S.Ed. - Miami University (Biology)

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Recent Publications


  1. Marcum, J.A. 2009. The conceptual foundations of systems biology: An introduction. Systems Biology-Theory, techniques and Application Series. x + 155 pp. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

  2. Marcum, J.A. 2008. An introductory philosophy of medicine: Humanizing modern medicine. Philosophy and Medicine Series, volume 99. xv + 369 pp. New York: Springer.

Peer-reviewed articles:

  1. Marcum, J.A. 2009. The nature of light and color: Goethe's "Der Versuch als Vermittler" versus Newton's Experimentum Crucis. Perspectives on Science 17: 457-481.

  2. Marcum, J.A. 2009. The epistemically virtuous clinician. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30: 249-265.

  3. Marcum, J.A. 2008. Instituting science: discovery or construction of scientific knowledge? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22: 185-210.

  4. Marcum, J.A. 2008. Does systems biology represent a Kuhnian paradigm shift? New Phytologist 179: 587-589.

  5. Marcum, J.A. 2008. Reflections on humanizing biomedicine. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 51: 392-405.