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Philosophy and Medicine

Medicine and Society, New Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Editors: Meacham, Darian (Ed.)

  • Addresses the relation between politics and medicine from a distinctly continental perspective
  • Contains chapters from leaders in the current continental discourse
  • Comprehensive entry point for Anglo-American readers into continental approaches in philosophy of medicine, philosophy of psychology, and bioethics
  • Discusses major issues in the current bioethical debate from a 'European' perspective while engaging with Anglo-American discourse on the issues
  • Offers a broad thematic approach to the relation between medicine and society, which makes this book a ‘one-stop’ reader
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This volume addresses some of the most prominent questions in contemporary bioethics and philosophy of medicine: ‘liberal’ eugenics, enhancement, the normal and the pathological, the classification of mental illness, the relation between genetics, disease and the political sphere, the experience of illness and disability, and the sense of the subject of bioethical inquiry itself. All of these issues are addressed from a “continental” perspective, drawing on a rich tradition of inquiry into these questions in the fields of phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, French epistemology, critical theory and post-structuralism. At the same time, the contributions engage with the Anglo-American debate, resulting in a fruitful and constructive conversation that not only shows the depth and breadth of continental perspectives in bioethics and medicine, but also opens new avenues of discussion and exploration.  

For decades European philosophers have offered important insights into the relation between the practices of medicine, the concept of illness, and society more broadly understood. These interventions have generally striven to be both historically nuanced and accessible to non-experts. From Georges Canguilhem’s seminal The Normal and the Pathological, Michel Foucault’s lectures on madness, sexuality, and biopolitics, Hans Jonas’s deeply thoughtful essays on the right to die, life extension, and ethics in a technological age, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s lectures on The Enigma of Health, and more recently Jürgen Habermas’s carefully nuanced interventions on the question of liberal eugenics, these thinkers have sought to engage the wider public as much as their fellow philosophers on questions of paramount importance to current bioethical and social-political debate. The essays contained here continue this tradition of engagement and accessibility. In the best practices of European philosophy, the contributions in this volume aim to engage with and stimulate a broad spectrum of readers, not just experts. In doing so the volume offers a showcase of the richness and rigor of continental perspectives on medicine and society. 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Meacham, Darian

    Pages 1-11

  • Defining Bioethics: Back to the Sources

    Hottois, Gilbert

    Pages 15-38

  • The Ontological Ethics of Hans Jonas

    Hauskeller, Michael

    Pages 39-55

  • On the Origins of Illness and the Hiddenness of Health: A Hermeneutic Approach to the History of a Problem

    Keane, Niall

    Pages 57-72

  • The Ethical Self After Genetics

    Evans, Mihail

    Pages 73-83

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9870-9
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Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9869-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-024-0815-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medicine and Society, New Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
Editors
  • Darian Meacham
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
120
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9870-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9870-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9869-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0815-7
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 323
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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