Leemon B. McHenry

Other Contributions

 (Revised July 28, 2016)






“My Chemical Imbalance” under pseudonym, Ernest Pith Garnell, ehealthforum.com/blogs/guest32619/my-chemical-imbalance-b26572.html




Above the Law, Los Angeles, California, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, forthcoming.


Who Cares in Sweden? A Documentary Trilogy (Vem Bryr Sig I Sverige?), Stockholm, Sweden, September, 2012.  (https://www.artimus.se/whocaresinsweden.php)


Secrets of the Drug Trials, BBC Panorama, London, England, 29 January 2007





Interview: Researchers Deconstruct Ghostwritten Industry Trial for Antidepressant, 2016, http://www.madinamerica.com/2016/05/researchers-deconstruct-ghostwritten-industry-trial-for-antidepressant/


Interview with Leemon McHenry about his forthcoming book The Event Universe, 2015,



Medical Ghostwriting: California State University Professor Speaks Out on Big Pharma’s Manipulation of Scientific Journals, 2015, https://thepeopleschemist.com/medical-ghostwriting-professor-shows-how-big-pharma-manipulates/


A Conversation with Leemon McHenry, The Center for Process Studies, 2007,






“The Illusion of Evidence-Based Practice,” Continuing Medical Education, Northern California Regional Organization of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Sonoma, California, 2016.


“Medical Journals, Profit and Drug Propaganda,” Grand Rounds Lecture, Continuing Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley, California, 2015.


“The Merits and Demerits of Analytic Critiques of Whitehead's Metaphysics,” and “Whitehead’s Panpsychism and Deep Ecology,” 10th International Whitehead Conference, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 2015. 


 “What Litigation Reveals about Drug Industry Behavior,” Grand Rounds Lecture, Continuing Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley, California, 2013.


“Can There be Reliable Outcomes from a Marriage between Capitalism and Medicine?” Salon Philosophique, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013.


“Ghostwriting Biomedical Research: A Crisis of Credibility,” Cesagen Genomics Network, Cardiff University, Wales, 2013.


“The End of Medical Ghostwriting?” Selling Sickness Conference, Washington, D.C., 2013.


“What Clinicians Should Know About the Scientific Literature,” Evidence-Based Literature Panel, International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry, Alternatives to Biological Psychiatry Conference, Los Angeles, California, 2011. 


“Aiding and Abetting: The Role of Ghostwriting in Scientific Misconduct,” Panel Presentation, The Ethics of Ghost Authorship in Biomedical Research: Concerns and Remedies, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada, 2011.


“The Crisis of Credibility: From Evidence-Based Medicine to Spin-Based Medicine,” California State University, Northridge, 2011.


“Ghostwriting Avandia,” Law Firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.


“The Construction of Disease and Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting: A Match Made in Advertising Heaven,” (Poster Presentation) Selling Sickness Conference, Dutch Institute for the Rational Use of Medicines and Healthy Skepticism, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010.


“Sprigge’s Ontology of Consciousness,” The Metaphysics of Consciousness: A Conference in Honour of Timothy Sprigge, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2009. 


“Sprigge on the Relation of Metaphysics and Ethics: Has Orthodox Physicalism

 Done Serious Harm to our Moral Sense?  Reflections on Ethics, Religion and Metaphysics, The Philosophical Society of England, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, England, 2009.


“Consciousness and Morality in the Philosophy of Timothy Sprigge: Notes from an Apprentice in the Metaphysical Workshop,” Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2009.


“Ghosts in the Machine: Addressing the Conflict between Medicine and Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting,” Symposium on Science, Communication and Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 2009.


“Privatization of Knowledge and Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Research,” World Psychiatric Association International Congress, Psychiatry, Law and Ethics, Florence, Italy, 2009.


“Whitehead and Spinoza on Amoral Nature: Response to Henning on Re-Centering Process Thought,” Beyond Metaphysics? Transcontinental Explorations in Alfred North Whitehead’s Late Thought, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2008.


“Whitehead’s Cosmic Epochs and Contemporary Cosmology” Center for Process Studies Lecture, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2008; California State University, Los Angeles, CA, 2010; California State University, Northridge, CA, 2010.


“Maxwell’s Field and Whitehead’s Events: the Adventure of a Revolutionary Idea,” 6th International Whitehead Conference, Salzburg University, Austria, 2006.


“Lango on the Role of Time in Whitehead’s Metaphysics,” Society for the Study of Process Philosophies, American Philosophical Association Meetings, San Francisco, CA, 2005.


“Whitehead, Quantum Mechanics and Local Realism,” Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA, 2002.


"The Ontology of the Past: Whitehead and Santayana," Silver Anniversary International Whitehead Conference, Claremont, CA, 1998; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 1998.


"Descriptive and Revisionary Theories of Events," Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA, 1997; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, 1996; California State University, Long Beach, 1996.


"Whitehead's Panpsychism as the Subjectivity of Prehension," Society for the Study of Process Philosophies, American Philosophical Association Meetings, New York, 1995.


"Universals: A Reply to Kim," Central States Philosophical Association, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1994.


"Bradley's Conception of Metaphysics," F. H. Bradley Colloquium, Merton College, Oxford University, England, 1993.


"Replies to Critics of Whitehead and Bradley", Society for the Study of Process Philosophies, American Philosophical Association Meetings, Washington, D. C., 1992.


"Quine's Pragmatic Ontology," Conference on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 1992.


"Animal Experimentation: A Morally Justifiable Practice?" Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1990.


"Justice and Injustice in the Republic: Plato, Thucydides and the Tragedy of Athens," Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1989.


"Hume and the Problem of Causation," Michigan Scottish Society, Alma, MI, 1989.


"Buddha, Whitehead and the Middle Way," University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, 1989.


"Whitehead's Impression of Hume," North Carolina Philosophical Society, Greensboro, N.C., 1987 (winner of prize for best paper).


"Bradley's Critique of Formal Logic," Old Dominion University, 1985.


"Whitehead's Metaphysics," Teviot Student Union, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1982.              


"Being and Becoming in Plato's Timaeus," Mid-South Philosophy Conference, Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, 1981.


"Kierkegaard's Critique of Romantic Aestheticism," University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 1980.




Royal Institute of Philosophy, Mind Association, Scots Philosophical Club, (with Pauline Phemister), Conference on The Metaphysics of Consciousness, University of Edinburgh, 2009.


Prescription Project and the Pew Charitable Trusts for “Ghosts in the Machine: Addressing the Conflict Between Medicine and Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting,” 2008.


Center for Process Studies and California State University, Northridge for The 6th International Whitehead Conference, Salzburg University, Austria, 2006.


College of Humanities, California State University, Northridge, grant for pre-law program, 2005.


Center for Process Studies for The Silver Anniversary International Whitehead Conference, Claremont, CA, 1998.


Council for Philosophical Studies, Professor Richard Rorty's visit to Wittenberg

University, 1993.


American Institute of Physics, Professor James Cushing's visit to Wittenberg University, 1993.


Matchette Foundation, Conference on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine, Wittenberg University, 1992.


Wittenberg University Faculty Research Fund, Grants for "Substance and Events," 1994, "Quine's Pragmatic Ontology," 1991, "Bradley's Conception of Metaphysics," 1993.


Wittenberg University Faculty Development Organization, Faculty Enrichment Grant for research on the philosophy of F. H. Bradley, Merton College, University of Oxford, 1993.


Council for Philosophical Studies, Professor Jonathan Bennett's visit to Central Michigan University, 1989.


Central Michigan University Faculty Research, Grant for preparation of manuscript Reflections on Philosophy, 1989.


Davidson College Faculty Research, Grant for research on the philosophy of science of A. N. Whitehead, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 1987.




Metaphysics II: Topics in Plato, Descartes, Russell, Quine, Ayer.


Metaphysics of Time: Topics in the ontology of time, three vs. four dimensional views, change and persistence, events vs. substances.


Process Philosophy: Topics in the philosophy of science and metaphysics of Whitehead and the natural theology of Hartshorne.


Whitehead’s Process and Reality: Topics in metaphysics and epistemology of Whitehead’s Process and Reality.


American Philosophy of the Golden Age: Topics in the metaphysics and epistemology of James, Royce and Santayana.


American Pragmatism and its British Critics: Topics in Peirce, James, Dewey, C. I. Lewis, Quine and the early British critics.


Advanced Composition in the Humanities (English Department): Topics in "The Golden Age of Ancient Greece: Sophocles, Thucydides, and Plato."


Modern Philosophy: Topics in the metaphysics and epistemology of the Rationalists, Empiricists and Kant.


Ancient Philosophy: Topics in the Pre-Socratics, Thucydides, the sophists, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.


Philosophy of Science: Topics in the logic of scientific method, scientific progress, confirmation and falsification, relativism and objectivity.


Reasoning in the Sciences: Topics in scientific reasoning, theories, models and laws, explanations and arguments, science and pseudoscience.


Formal Logic: Topics in First-Order Logic (Propositional and Quantification Logic).


Introduction to Logic: Topics in Informal Logic, Aristotelian Categorical Logic, and Propositional Logic.


Critical Reasoning: Topics in the examination and analysis of arguments in practical context, informal fallacies.


Philosophical Problems: Topics in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of mind.


Ethics: Topics in relativism and absolutism, deontological and teleological normative theories and recent developments in ethical theory.


Bioethics: Topics in ethical principles of healthcare, informed consent, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, medical research on animals and vulnerable human subjects, involuntary psychiatric commitment, just distribution of medical resources, conflicts of interest with industry, research and publication ethics. 


Business Ethics: Topics in normative ethics, distributive justice, capitalism, corporations, affirmative action.


Contemporary Moral Problems: Topics in abortion, euthanasia, death penalty, pornography, world hunger, animal rights and environmental ethics.


Existentialism: Topics in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Camus, Sartre.


Philosophy of Human Nature: Topics in Socrates vs. the sophists, Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes.




Humanities: Dominant Cultures in the Western Tradition--lectures and tutorials in Davidson's two-year, interdepartmental program.


Common Learning: Self and Community--lectures and tutorials in Wittenberg's first year, interdepartmental program.




American Philosophical Association, Committee for the Defense of the Professional Rights of Philosophers, 2011-2014.


Consciousness Conference Committee, University of Edinburgh, 2008-09


Faculty Research Fund Board, Wittenberg University, 1993-95.


Faculty Development Organization Executive Board, Wittenberg University, 1993-95.


International Education Committee, Wittenberg University, Chair, 1992-93.


Visiting Speaker Committee, Wittenberg University, 1991-94.


Visiting Speaker Committee, Central Michigan University, 1989-90.


Pre-Medical Review Committee, Davidson College, 1987-88.




American Philosophical Association, Newark, Delaware, Emeritus


International Network for the History of Neuropsychopharmacology


American Association of University Professors


Carlyle Circle, University of Edinburgh


California Faculty Association


Center for Process Studies, Claremont, California





Letters in my Dossier


Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Edinburgh (2008)

Professor Timothy Sprigge, Edinburgh (2002)

Professor Nicholas Maxwell, London (2002)

Professor Frederick Adams, Delaware (2001)

Professor W. V. Quine, Harvard (1995)

Professor Dorothy Emmet, Cambridge (1994)





I.  Reviews of Alfred North Whitehead: The Man and His Work, Volume II, (Johns                     Hopkins, 1990) by Victor Lowe (Chapters V and VI by Leemon McHenry).


A. W. Masters, "Epitaph for a Metaphysician," Times Literary Supplement, December 7-13, 1990, pp. 1329-1330.


            Brian Hendley, Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Fall 1991, pp. 50-52.


Theodore R. Vitali, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Spring 1991, pp. 256-266.


            Raymond D. Bosivert, The Review of Metaphysics, June 1991, pp. 852-854.


Nicholas Griffin, Russell: The Journal of the Bertrand Russell Archives, 11, Winter, 91-92, pp. 218-224.


            Dorothy Emmet, Philosophers and Friends, (London: Macmillan, 1996), p. 37.


            George Allan, Process Studies, 26, 1997, pp. 151-156.


II. Reviews of Whitehead and Bradley: A Comparative Analysis (SUNY, 1992)


Helmut Maassen, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Winter 1993, pp. 116-122.


            Lewis S. Ford, The Review of Metaphysics, Winter 1993, pp. 630-633.


Michael Partridge, The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 173, October 1993, pp. 545-547.


            David Platt, Critical Review, Vol. 6, 1993, pp. 463-464.


            Leslie Armour, Bradley Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1995, pp. 153-155.


Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Process Studies, 27/1-2, 1998, pp.151-153.


III.  Discussions of Whitehead and Bradley: A Comparative Analysis


Lewis S. Ford, "Whitehead's Approximation to Bradley," Idealistic Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2 & 3, Spring/Fall, 1993, pp. 103-106.


Timothy Sprigge, James and Bradley: American Truth and British Reality, (Chicago: Open Court, 1993), pp. 481-82, 545.


W. J. Mander, An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994), pp. 11, 51, 88, 108, 156, 158.


Piotr Gutowski, Filozofia procesu i juj metafilozofia, (Lublin: Redakcja Wydawnictw Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego, 1995), pp. 206-07.


Pierfrancesco Basile, “Why did Bradley Matter to Whitehead?” Bradley Studies,

Vol. 10, No. 1 & 2, Autumn, 2004, p. 32.


Riccardo Manzotti, “Consciousness and Existence as a Process,” Mind & Matter, Vol. 4, 2006, pp. 37-38.



IV.  Reviews of Reflections on Philosophy: Introductory Essays (St. Martin's, 1993), ed.                               

Leemon McHenry and Frederick Adams.


            Theodore G. Ammon, Teaching Philosophy, 19:1, March, 1996, pp. 100-102.


Stephen A. Kennett, APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Volume 95, Number 2,  Spring 1996, pp. 118-120.


Tadeusz Szubka, Roczniki Filozoficznc, Volume 45, Number 1, 1997, pp. 225-230.


V.  Reply to "Whitehead's Panpsychism as the Subjectivity of Prehension."


Lewis S. Ford, "Panpsychism and the Early History of Prehension," ProcessStudies,  24/1, 1995, pp. 15-33.


John B. Cobb, "Re-Reading Science and the Modern World" Process Studies, 27/1-2, 1998, pp. 36-50.


VI.  Discussion of "Bradley's Conception of Metaphysics."


W. J. Mander, "Introduction," Perspectives on the Logic & Metaphysics of F. H. Bradley, Thoemmes Press, 1996, pp. xxiii-xxiv.


Daniel Hutto, "Bradleyian Metaphysics: A Healthy Scepticism," Bradley Studies, 4/1, Spring, 1998, pp. 82-96.


Daniel Hutto, "A Reply to McHenry," Beyond Physicalism, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2000, pp. 183-185.


VII.  Reply to "Quine and Whitehead: Ontology and Methodology."


W. V. Quine, "Response to Leemon McHenry" Process Studies, The Forum, 26, pp. 13-14; reprinted in Process and Analysis: Whitehead, Hartshorneand the Analytic Tradition, ed by George Shields, State University of New York Press, 2003, pp. 171-173, and Quine in Dialogue, ed by Dagfinn Føllesdal and Douglas Quine, Harvard University Press, 2008, pp. 257-58.


VIII.   Reply to “Whitehead, Quantum Mechanics and Local Realism”


Shimon Malin, “Whitehead’s Philosophy and Quantum Physics: A Defense of Nature Loves to Hide,” Process Studies, 31.1, 2002, pp. 171-174.


IX.  Discussion of “On the Origin of Great Ideas: Science in the Age of Big Pharma”


            Paul Flynn, (Newport West) (Labour), House of Commons Hansard Debates,

www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm051208/debtext/51208-18.htm, Column 1038


Carl Elliott, “Paxil’s Ghost,” Bioethics Forum, Hastings Center Report, December 12, 2006, www.bioethicsforum.org


Chris Kaposy, “Ethical Muscle and Scientific Interests: A Role for Philosophy in Scientific Research,” The Quarterly Review of Biology, 83/1, 2008, pp. 80-81.


X.  Discussion of “Quine’s Pragmatic Ontology”


Heikk J Koskinen and Sami Pihlström, “Quine and Pragmatism,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42/3, 2006, pp. 304-346.


Sami Pihlström, “How (Not) to Write the History of Pragmatist Philosophy of Science?”  Perspectives on Science, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2008, pp. 26-69


XI.  Reply to “Sprigge’s Philosophical Idealism”


Timothy Sprigge, “My Philosophy and Some Defense of It,” in Basile and McHenry, Consciousness, Reality and Value: Philosophical Essays in Honour of T. L. S. Sprigge, pp. 299-321.


XII.  Discussion of Review of Let Them Eat Prozac


David Healy, “Our Censored Journals,” Mens Sana Monographs, 6, 2008, pp. 244-256.


XIII. Reply to “Popper and Maxwell on Scientific Progress,”


Nicholas Maxwell, “Replies and Reflections,” in McHenry, Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom: Studies in the Philosophy of Nicholas Maxwell, pp. 270-281.


XIV. Review of Consciousness, Reality and Value: Philosophical Essays in Honour of

 T. L. S. Sprigge:


            Philip Clayton and Ashley Riordan, Process Studies, 38/1, 2009, pp. 142-145


XV.  Review of Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom: Studies in the Philosophy of

            Nicholas Maxwell


            Rouhallah Ramezanivarzaneh, Metapsychology, 13/42, 2009,




XVI.  Reply to “Ghosts in the Machine: Comment on Sismondo


            Sergio Sismondo, “Ghosts in the Machine: Reply to McHenry (2009),”

            Social Studies in Science, 39/6, 2009, pp. 949-952.


XVII.  Discussion of “Conflicted Medical Journals and the Failure of Trust”


Melanie Newman, “The Rules of Retraction,” British Medical Journal, 341. December 2010, pp. 1246-1248.



XVIII. Discussion of “Of Sophists and Spin-doctors: Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting

 and the Crisis of Academic Medicine”


D. Bijl, “Sofisten, æspindoctorsæ en de crisis in de academische geneeskundeGeneesmiddelenbulletin. 2010, 44(5): 59-60


Martine van Eijk and Marcel Stroo, “Ghostwriting en medische literatuur,” Instituut voor Verantwoord Medicijngebruik, 2010, pp. 1-42, www.gezondescepsis.nl.


XIX.   Reviews of The Importance of Subjectivity: Selected Essays on Metaphysics and



            Pierfrancesco Basile, Mind, 120/479, 2011, pp. 906-910.


            William Seager, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011.


            Stephen R. L. Clark, Philosophy, 87/02, 2012, pp. 310-315.


XX.  Discussion of “Challenging Ghostwriting in the U.S. Courts”


“Key Opinion Leaders Who Lend Their Names to Ghostwritten Articles Should be Held Legally Liable,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 25, 2012.


“Medical Academics Could be Legally Liable for Ghostwritten Articles,” Josh Fischman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 24, 2012.

“Atrapa a un fantasma,” Javier Sampedro, El Pais (Spain), January 25, 2012.


XXI. Discussion of “Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting in Clinical Trial Reporting: A

 Case Study”


American Association of University Professors, Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships, 2014, pp. 125,305, 306.


XXII. Discussion of “The Citalopram CIT-MD-18 Pediatric Depression Trial: A

Deconstruction of Medical Ghostwriting, Data Manipulation and Academic Malfeasance”


Study Protocol Violations, Outcome Switching, Adverse Events Misreporting: A Peek Under the Hood, James Coyne, http://blogs.plos.org/mindthebrain/2016/05/18/study-protocol-violations-outcomes-switching-adverse-events-misreporting-a-peek-under-the-hood/


Leemon B. McHenry

Octoer 27, 2016