Philosophy of medicine and other humanities: Toward a wholistic view

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 6 (3) (1985)
  Copy   BIBTEX


A less analytic and more wholistic approach to philosophy, described as best overall fit or seeing how things all hang together, is defended in recent works by John Rawls and Richard Rorty and can usefully be applied to problems in philosophy of medicine. Looking at sickness and its impact upon the person as a central problem for philosophy of medicine, this approach discourages a search for necessary and sufficient conditions for being sick, and instead encourages a listing of true and interesting observations about sickness which reflect the convergence of a number of different viewpoints. Among the relevant viewpoints are other humanities disciplines besides philosophy and the social sciences. Literature, in particular, provides insights into the meaning and the uniqueness of episodes of sickness in a way that philosophers may otherwise fail to grasp.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,069

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The missing medical text: humane patient care.Anthony R. Moore - 1978 - Forest Grove, Or.: International Scholarly Book Service.
Humanities in medical education: Some contributions.K. Danner Clouser - 1990 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 15 (3):289-301.
On the triad disease, illness and sickness.Bjørn Hofmann - 2002 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27 (6):651 – 673.
Evolution and healing: the new science of Darwinian medicine.Randolph M. Nesse - 1996 - London: Phoenix. Edited by George C. Williams.
Medicine and humanistic understanding.Jerry Vannatta - 2005 - Philadelphia, [Pa.]: University of Pennsylvania Press. Edited by Ronald Schleifer & Sheila Crow.


Added to PP

39 (#363,854)

6 months
1 (#1,087,801)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references