Action, Ability and Health: Essays in the Philosophy of Action and Welfare / Edition 1

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This book is a contribution to the general philosophy of action and th e philosophy of welfare. The author makes separate analyses of concept s such as action, ability, interaction, action-explanation, happiness, health, illness and disability. At the same time he explores and subs tantiates the idea of a strong interdependence between the concept of action and some of the central concepts of welfare, in particular heal th and illness and related concepts. As a result he shows how the conc eptual network of human welfare could be constructed.

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Preface. Introduction. Part I: Action Theory. 1. Towards an ontology of episodes. 2. Towards an analysis of the concept of action. 3. On complex actions: accomplishments and projects. 4. On the explanation and determination of actions. 5. On the logical form of action-explanations. 6. On the logical form of interaction. 7. Towards a theory of ability and disability. Part II: Action-Theory as a Basis for the Theories of Health and Welfare. 8. On the notion of health as ability. 9. On the concepts of vital goal and happiness. 10. On the multiplicity of health concepts. Part III: Action-Theoretic Applications in the Theory of Health and Health Care. 11. On the technical notions of disability and handicap: the WHO context. 12. On the complexity of autonomy. 13. A sketch for a theory of health enhancement. 14. On the role of compulsion in mental illness. The case of forensic psychiatry. Part IV: Summary of Basic Concepts. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
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