International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

Action, Ability and Health

Essays in the Philosophy of Action and Welfare

Authors: Nordenfelt, L.Y

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This book is a part of the ongoing enterprise to understand the nature of human health and illness. This enterprise has expanded dramatically during the last decades. A great number of articles, as weIl as a fair number of monographs, on this topic have been published by renowned international publishers. In this discussion most participants share the idea that health is a partially normative concept, Le. that health is not a phe­ nomenon which can be wholly characterised in biological (or otherwise descriptive) terms. To ascribe health to a person is eo ipso, according to this line of thought, to as­ cribe a positively evaluated property to this person. Moreover, most debators share the idea that health is a holistic property, belonging to the person as a whole, whereas dis­ eases, injuries and defects are entities (or properties of entities) which can be very lim­ ited and and normally affect only a part of the individual. My own monograph belongs to this tradition. A feature of my position, which is not universally acknowledged in riyal theories, however, is my emphasis on the notion of ability as a fundament in the theory of health. In my formal characterisation of health I view it as astate of a person which is such that the person has the ability to fulfi1 his or her vital goals.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Action, Ability and Health
Book Subtitle
Essays in the Philosophy of Action and Welfare
Authors
Series Title
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9361-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9361-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6206-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5412-8
Series ISSN
1567-8008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 173
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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