Philosophy and Medicine

The Philosophical Diseases of Medicine and their Cure

Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Vol. 1: Foundations

Authors: Seifert, Josef

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This book deals with the essential philosophical/ethical dimension that concerns the ends and goods entrusted to medicine. It shows that medicine cannot be reduced to its scientific and technical aspects and that the constitutive philosophical aspects of medicine presently are in a state of crisis.

Medicine, besides being a scientifically based art of diagnosing and curing infirmities of many kinds, also possesses an essential philosophical and ethical dimension. It turns into anti-medicine if it no longer stands in the service of those goods and ends that are entrusted to it. Their nature is in no way known by natural science but can be clarified by philosophy. Consequently, medicine suffers from philosophical diseases of different degrees of gravity if its theory and practice are based on errors about its proper ends. The cure from the life-threatening philosophical diseases of medicine lies in a critique of philosophical mistakes that influence the theory and practice of medicine and in an understanding and practical implementation of those ethically relevant goods that constitute its true ends. At a time when these goods are by no means universally recognized or embodied in laws of medicine, some basic philosophical understanding of them and of the foundations of medical ethics is urgently required. The purpose of this volume is to provide this largely neglected part of general and medical education.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Nature and the Seven Goals of Medicine as Objects of a Dramatic Free Choice of the Physician Today

    Pages 1-87

    Seifert, Josef

  • The Dignity of the Human Person as a ‘Universal of Medical Ethics’

    Pages 89-138

    Seifert, Josef

  • From the Morally Relevant Goals of Medicine to Medical Ethics

    Pages 139-185

    Seifert, Josef

  • The Freedom of Choice for or Against the Basic Goods and Ends of Medicine

    Pages 187-236

    Seifert, Josef

  • Rational Justification of an Objective and Publicly Acceptable Bioethics

    Pages 237-304

    Seifert, Josef

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Philosophical Diseases of Medicine and their Cure
Book Subtitle
Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Vol. 1: Foundations
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
82
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2871-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-2871-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2870-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6736-4
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 406
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