James Marcum

James Marcum
Professor of Philosophy
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James Arthur Marcum is professor of philosophy and Faculty-in-Residence at Earle Hall—the Science and Prehealth Living and Learning Residence Hall. He earned doctorates in philosophy from Boston College and in physiology from the University of Cincinnati Medical College. He also earned a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies 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. He delivers invited lectures frequently at both national and international conferences. His current research interests include the philosophy and history of science and medicine.




Marcum, J.A. 2015. Thomas Kuhn’s Revolutions: A Historical and an Evolutionary

Philosophy of Science. London: Bloomsbury.



Marcum, J.A. 2013. Tampering with Nature: Empirical Methodology and

Experimental Onto-Epistemology. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.



Peer-reviewed articles:


Marcum, J.A. 2015. Metaphysics of the cognition debate: A plurimodel theory of

cognition. Philosophica. 90: 115-147.


Lail, B., MacGregor, J., Marcum, J., and Stuebs, M. 2015. Professional identity:

perspectives on restoring financial reporting systems. Journal of Business Ethics.

Doi: 10.1007/s10551-015-2875-y.


Marcum, J.A. 2015. What’s the support for Kuhn’s incommensurability thesis? A

response to Mizrahi and Patton. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective

4: 51-62.


Marcum, J.A. 2015. Clinical decision-making, gender bias, virtue epistemology, and

quality healthcare. Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy. Doi:



Caputo, B., and Marcum, J.A. 2015. The demise of vitalism? Fernel’s “vital spirits,”

Harvey’s “living blood,” and Venter’s “synthetic cell.” International Journal of the

History and Philosophy of Medicine. 5: Doi:



Shah, N., and Marcum, J.A. 2015. Can virtues be taught in medicine? Aristotle’s

virtue theory and medical education and clinical practice. Mirabilia Medicinae 4:



Marcum, J.A.2015. Caring for patients during challenging encounters. Journal of

Evaluation in Clinical Practice 21: 404-409.


Marcum, J.A. 2015. Healthcare personalism: a prolegomenon. European Journal for

Person Centered Healthcare 3: 228-232.


Marcum, J.A. 2014. Humanizing the biomedical model and the quality-of-care crisis.

Mirabilia Medicinae 2: 63-74.


Marcum, J.A. 2014. Tempering nature: experimental practice in the natural sciences.

International Journal of Science in Society 5: 37-52.


Marcum, J.A. 2014. The metaphysical foundations of human cloning. Mirabilia

Medicinae 2: 27-37.


Griggs, J.O., Barron, L.A., and Marcum, J.A. 2014. Operationalizing Miles and

Mezzich’s person-centered medicine. European Journal for Person Centered

Healthcare 2: 98-105.


Marcum, J.A. 2013. The role of empathy and wisdom in medical practice and

pedagogy: confronting the hidden curriculum. Journal of Biomedical Education

vol. 2013, Article ID 923810, 8 pages. doi:10.1155/2013/923810


Marcum, J.A. 2013. The role of emotions in clinical reasoning and decision making.

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38: 501-519.


Marcum, J.A. 2013. Thomas Kuhn’s notion of theory choice and the dual-process

theory of cognition. Philosophy Study 3: 353-366.