Alfred Tauber

Alfred I. Tauber, Zoltan Kohn Professor of Medicine and Professor of Philosophy, is Director of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. Having received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Tufts University, he completed his clinical and research training at the University of Washington, New England Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School affiliate, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Dr. Tauber has been on the Boston University faculty since 1982, when he was appointed Chief of the Hematology and Oncology Services at the Boston City Hospital. Until 1995, he actively directed a research laboratory focused on the biochemistry of the acute inflammatory response, with studies ranging from free radical chemistry to activation mechanisms of phagocytes.

In 1993, he accepted a dual appointment as Professor of Philosophy at the College of Arts and Sciences, where he was tenured in 1998. While now primarily teaching and writing in the philosophy of science and ethics, he continues to teach medical ethics at the Boston Medical Center. As a member of The Institute of Advanced Studies at Tel Aviv University, he teaches graduate students and collaborates with theoretical biologists.

Aside from over 125 research publications in immunology, Dr. Tauber has published more than 70 papers on 19th and 20th century biomedicine, contemporary science studies, and ethics. He is the author of The Immune Self, Theory or Metaphor? (Cambridge, 1994), Confessions of a Medicine Man, An Essay in Popular Philosophy (MIT 1999), Henry David Thoreau and the Moral Agency of Knowing (California 2001), and Patient Autonomy and the Ethics of Responsibility (MIT 2005). In addition, he has co-authored Metchnikoff and the Origins of Immunology (Oxford, 1991) and The Generation of Diversity, Clonal Selection Theory and the Rise of Molecular Immunology (Harvard, 1997). He has also edited several volumes including The Elusive Synthesis: Science and Aesthetics (Kluwer, 1996), Science and the Quest for Reality (New York University, 1997), and a collaborative translation project, The Evolutionary Biology Papers of Elie Metchnikoff (Kluwer, 2000). On-going projects include further studies in science studies, medical ethics and American Transcendentalism.