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In Defense of an Evolutionary Concept of Health: Nature, Norms, and Human Biology
     

In Defense of an Evolutionary Concept of Health: Nature, Norms, and Human Biology

by Mahesh Ananth
 

One of the most controversial contemporary debates on the concept of health is the clash between the views of naturalists and normativists. Naturalists argue that, although health can be valued or disvalued, the concept of health is itself objective and value-free. In contrast, normativists argue that health is a contextual and value-laden concept, and that there

Overview

One of the most controversial contemporary debates on the concept of health is the clash between the views of naturalists and normativists. Naturalists argue that, although health can be valued or disvalued, the concept of health is itself objective and value-free. In contrast, normativists argue that health is a contextual and value-laden concept, and that there is no possibility of a value-free understanding of health. This debate has fueled many of the, often very acrimonious, disputations arising from the claims of health, disease and disability activists and charities and the public policy responses to them.

In responding to this debate, Ananth both surveys the existing literature, with special focus on the work of Christopher Boorse, and argues that a naturalistic concept of health, drawing on evolutionary considerations associated with biological function, homeostasis, and species-design, is defensible without jettisoning norms in their entirety.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781409485629
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Ashgate Studies in Applied Ethics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Mahesh Ananth is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University--South Bend, USA.


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