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Welcome to the University Pages of 
James Crombie
Ph. D., Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Human and Social Sciences
Université Sainte-Anne
Pointe-de-l'Église / Church Point
Municipality of Clare
Nova Scotia  B0W 1M0
44°20' N X 66°07' W   [NS Webcam]
Office : 315 Dagnaud
Telephone : +1-902-769-2114, ext. 7104
Shared fax: +1-902-769-2930
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Courses given in 2020-21  (click here)
 Recent publications (and other performances)
"Intellectual property rights trump the right to health: Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime and TRIPs flexibilities in the context of Bolivia’s quest for vaccines".  Journal of Global Ethics. Published 2021-12-16. Open Access. DOI: 10.1080/17449626.2021.1993452 (accessed 17 December 2021).
"Medical Ghost- and Guest-Writing as Corrupt Practices and How to Prevent Them." In K. Çalıyurt (ed.), Integrity, Transparency and Corruption in Healthcare & Research on Health. Singapore: Springer, 2020, pp. 141-158. (accessed 16 April 2020).
"Combating corruption in the pharmaceutical arena." Co-authored with Joel Lexchin,  Jillian Clare Kohler, Marc-André Gagnon, Paul Thacker & Adrienne Shnier. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, 2018 Jul-Sep;3(3):234-239. Published online: March 15, 2018. (accessed 17 April 2020)
Papers Given and Speaking Engagements
Global Vaccine (In)justice
  • "Qu'est-ce que le «buen vivir»?" ["What is 'buen vivir'?"] Subtitle: "Andean cosmovision, post-extractivism and social medicine". Paper presented at the 2019 Congress of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) – May 10-12 (York University, Toronto). 
BUEN VIVIR / sumak kawsay
  • « Una lucha sin fin: Apoyo y defensa de la lactancia materna frente a la comercialización mortífera de sucedáneos » ["An unending struggle: Support and defense of breastfeeding in the face of deadly marketing practices associated with substitutes"]. Paper presented at the XVth Congress of Social Medicine and Collective Health of the Latin American Association for Social Medicine and Collective Health (ALAMES) held in La Paz, Bolivia, 22-27 October 2018.
"Une lutte sans fin: défense de l'allaitement maternelle face à la commercialisation mortifère des substituts"
  • "The Latin American Social Medicine Movement: Buen Vivir and Collective Health". Paper presented at the 32nd EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE, 22 – 25 August 2018. Program (pdf) available here
Buen Vivir - Social Medicine in Latin America
  • Participation in a Round Table (table ronde) on Health and Public Health (in French) on Thursday, 8 March  2018 from 4:30 to 6:00 as part of Research Week at l'Université Sainte-Anne.
  • Participants: Nora Benachour, Véronique Brideau-Cormier et Louise Fontaine, respectively professors of biology, social service and public administration. 
  • Admission is/was free and members of the general public are welcome.
Table ronde - Santé et Santé publique
  • "La importancia ejemplar del caso 'Clorito' " ["The Exemplary Importance of the Case of 'Clorito' "]. Invited speaker - with Guillermo Coronado Céspedes and José María Gutiérrez Gutiérrez - at a Round Table on Clodomiro Picado Twight which took place on 29 September 2017 as the final event of  Philosophy Week 2017 (25-29 September) at the Philosophical Research Institute of the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica. 
Exemplary Value of 'Clorito'.
  • "Thomas Reid’s Common-Sense Philosophy in the Development of Nineteenth-Century French Spiritualism". Paper presented at the conference "19th-Century French Philosophy: The 'Spiritualist' Tradition and its Critics", held 14-15 September  2017 at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU),  Manchester, United Kingdom. This conference was co-sponsored by the Institut d'histoire des représentations et des idées dans les modernités (IHRIM) of the École normale supérieure de Lyon, France. The program of the conference may be viewed here.
Thomas Reid's Influence on French 19th-Century Philosophy
  • "Clodomiro Picado Twight (1887-1944): Pénicilline, antivenins, conscience sociale, et rôle de l’État" ["Clodomiro Picado Twight (1887-1944): Penicillin, Antivenoms, Social Conscience and Role of the State"]. Stand-alone paper presented at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-29 July 2017.  Conference theme:  "Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and the Local".
CPT: Pénicilline, serpents, conscience sociale, rôle de l'État
  • "Medical Ghost- and Guest-Writing as Corrupt Practices and How to Prevent Them". Part of a  Symposium on Combating Corruption in Health Care and Pharmaceuticals which took place at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Toronto, Canada, 28 November 2016, with the participation of Sidney Wolfe, Joel Lexchin, Marc-André Gagnon, Jillian Kohler, Kiymet Çaliyurt, Fred Gifford and Paul Thacker. (Click here and scroll down the page.)  
Ghostwriting Guest Science
Derecho a la salud - diapositivas
  • "Falibilismo y anticartesianismo radical de Charles Sanders Peirce: Duda, creencia y facultades atribuidas a la mente humana" ["Peirce's Fallibilism and Radical Anti-Cartesianism: Doubt, Belief and Faculties Attributed to the Human Mind"]. Presented to the postgrads in philosophy and a number of professors at the Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, 23 August 2016.
Falibilismo de C. S. Peirce
Maladies négligées - diapos
  • "Clodomiro Picado Twight (1887-1944) : découvreur de la pénicilline et 'Benemérito de la Patria' ". Paper presented to the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) held at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 28-30 May 2016.
Clorito - SCHPS
  • "The Eflornithine Scandal: How Pandering to Vanity Resurrected a Life-Saving Drug". Paper presented on the occasion of the official launching of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency for the Pharmaceutical Sector of the University of Toronto and held at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Toronto, Canada on 29 April 2016. Thème: "Taking the Pulse of Governance, Accountability, and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector: Diagnosing the Issues". (Details of the WHO CC events can be found here.) 
Eflornithine Scandal
  • "Divergencias y Convergencias en el concepto de consentimiento informado en Canadá, Reino Unido y EEUU: Lecciones aprendidas del fallo Reibl c. Hughes de la Corte suprema canadiense" ["Divergencies and Convergences in the Concept of Informed Consent in Canada, the UK and the USA"]. Talk given as an invited speaker at a Symposium on Informed Consent organized by the Institut of Philosophical Research (Instituto et Investigaciones filosóficas INIF) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), with the collaboration of the Research Vice-Rectorate of the same university, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica and the Costa Rican National Health Research Council (CONIS). The event took place in the Auditorio del edificio de  Educación Continua, Ciudad de la Investigación, UCR, San José, Costa Rica, on 28 October 2015.
Consentement éclairé
  • "Investigación médica, propiedad intelectual y enfermedades desatendidas" ["Medical Research, Intellectual Property and Neglected Diseases"]. Talk given at the invitation of the Local Research Bioethics Committee of the historic Hospital San Juan de Dios (HSJD) of San José, Costa Rica. Venue: Auditorio Universidad de Costa Rica. Date: 7 Octobre 2015. Beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Pour le Comité local HSJD
C.V. : Publications, papers given, etc. (pdf)
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Courses taught in 2019-2020
Member, Board of Directors, International Development Ethics Association (IDEA), 2014-2018
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