FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Research and Philosophy Join Forces for
This year, Sherman’s annual philosophy and
research conferences will combine, allowing for
in-depth exploration of the relationship of
these two crucial aspects of the chiropractic
International Research and Philosophy Symposium
(IRAPS): A Conference on Vertebral
Subluxation will be held October 9-10 at Sherman
College in Spartanburg, SC. The combined
conference format invites and encourages global
multi-disciplinary participation. Keynote
speaker will be Christopher Kent, D.C.
The conference will address the extent to which
patient outcomes support or challenge a cyclic
relationship with the philosophical tenets
underlying vertebral subluxation correction.
Since the inception of chiropractic, its
practice has been strongly reliant upon a
predictive philosophy. As well, chiropractic
research has continued to demonstrate a variety
of patient outcomes associated with vertebral
subluxation correction care. However, the link
between what chiropractic philosophy predicts
and what scientific research has reported has
not been widely explored.
This theme is based on an investigation of the
relationship between philosophy and science. As
these two concepts, in essence, are perceived as
a continuum, the cycle of inductive and
deductive reasoning should allow philosophy to
establish hypotheses testable through science.
The completion of the cycle should reflect the
impact of science on the modification or
retention of the philosophy it has explored.
Abstracts are due May 31, 2004. Twenty minutes
are allocated for presentation, and a ten-minute
period will be allocated for questions from the
floor. A $500 award will be given for the most
For more information regarding the categories of
relevant presentations and submission
the IRAPS page on the college’s web site.
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