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  1. Aging as Disease.Gunnar De Winter - 2015 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 18 (2):237-243.
    In this paper, I will argue that ageing can be construed as disease. First, the concept of disease is discussed, where the distinction is made between two lines of thought, an objectivist and a subjectivist one. After determining the disease conception to be used throughout the argument, it is proposed that senescence could be seen as disease. Three common counterarguments are discussed, none of which appears strong enough to effectively counter the advocated view. In the third section, two potential implications (...)
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  • Is More Life Always Better? The New Biology of Aging and the Meaning of Life.David Gems - 2003 - Hastings Center Report 33 (4):31-39.
  • Age and Ageing: What Do They Mean?Joona Räsänen - 2021 - Ratio 34 (1):33-43.
    This article provides a philosophical overview of different approaches to age and ageing. It is often assumed that our age is determined by the amount of time we have been alive. Here, I challenge this belief. I argue that there are at least three plausible, yet unsatisfactory, accounts to age and ageing: the chronological account, the biological account, and the experiential account. I show that all of them fall short of fully determining what it means to age. Addressing these problems, (...)
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  • Zwischen Krankheitsbehandlung und Wunscherfüllung: Anti-Aging-Medizin und der Leistungsumfang solidarisch zu tragender Gesundheitsversorgung. [REVIEW]Mark Schweda & Prof Dr Georg Marckmann - 2012 - Ethik in der Medizin 24 (3):179-191.
    Die wachsende Nachfrage nach Anti-Aging-Medizin wirft die Frage auf, welche medizinischen Leistungen ein solidarisches Gesundheitssystem tragen sollte. Die deutsche Entscheidungspraxis beruft sich auf den Begriff der Krankheit. Im Blick auf Anti-Aging wäre demnach 1) zu klären, was der Krankheitsbegriff bedeutet, 2) zu prüfen, ob das Altern sich unter diesen Begriff subsumieren lässt, um 3) abzuleiten, inwieweit Anti-Aging-Maßnahmen zur Verfügung zu stellen sind. Dieses Prozedere führt jedoch zu keinem brauchbaren Ergebnis. Unter Berufung auf den Krankheitsbegriff allein ist der Umfang solidarischer Gesundheitsversorgung (...)
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  • ‘I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die’: Ageing and the Concept of Disease.Thomas Schramme - 2013 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 34 (3):171-187.
    Ageing is often deemed bad for people and something that ought to be eliminated. An important aspect of this normative aspect of ageing is whether ageing, i.e., senescence, is a disease. In this essay, I defend a theory of disease that concludes that ageing is not a disease, based on an account of natural function. I also criticize other arguments that lead to the same conclusion. It is important to be clear about valid reasons in this debate, since the failure (...)
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  • Extending the Life Span: Mythic Desires and Modern Dangers. [REVIEW]Chris Hackler - 2004 - HEC Forum 16 (3):182-196.
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