The Enigma of Health: The Art of Healing in a Scientific Age

The Enigma of Health: The Art of Healing in a Scientific Age

by Hans-Georg Gadamer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804726922

ISBN-13: 9780804726924

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: Stanford University Press


In this important new book, Hans-Georg Gadamer discusses the transformation in human self-understanding wrought by the scientific worldview, focusing in particular on the unparalleled achievements of modern medicine.

He explores the ethical and humanist issues raised by the technological successes of modern clinical practice, and relates them to the classical

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In this important new book, Hans-Georg Gadamer discusses the transformation in human self-understanding wrought by the scientific worldview, focusing in particular on the unparalleled achievements of modern medicine.

He explores the ethical and humanist issues raised by the technological successes of modern clinical practice, and relates them to the classical conception of "praxis" in the philosophical tradition.

In a series of lucid and engaging analyses, Gadamer eloquently defends the idea of medicine, not only as a "science of health, but as an "art" of hermeneutic relevance, requiring the exercise of practical judgment and personal interpretation. We should, he argues, recognize the limits of purely technical approach to healing, as well as the importance of a qualitative approach to medical treatment.

Written by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century, this brilliant meditation on health, illness, and the art of healing will be of interest to general readers as well as students of philosophy and social thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804726924
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
930,657
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Theory, Technology, Praxis1
2Apologia for the Art of Healing31
3The Problem of Intelligence45
4The Experience of Death61
5Bodily Experience and the Limits of Objectification70
6Between Nature and Art83
7Philosophy and Practical Medicine92
8On the Enigmatic Character of Health103
9Authority and Critical Freedom117
10Treatment and Dialogue125
11Life and Soul141
12Anxiety and Anxieties152
13Hermeneutics and Psychiatry163
Index175

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