Action, Ability and Health: Essays in the Philosophy of Action and Welfare

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Springer Netherlands, Feb 29, 2000 - Medical - 173 pages
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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Lennart Nordenfelt took his Ph.D. in Theoretical Philosophy at Uppsala, Sweden, 1974. From 1978 and onwards Nordenfelt has devoted himself to research in the philosophy of medicine and health care. He was appointed Associate Professor at the transdisciplinary faculty of themes at Linkoping University in 1982. He initiated there a research programme under the title Theory, Ethics, and Ideology of Health Care which is still running. He became a full professor in 1987.

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