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Health problems, philosophical puzzles about the nature of health, Elizabeth Barnes.

Label
Health problems, philosophical puzzles about the nature of health, Elizabeth Barnes.
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Index
index present
Intended audience
Specialized
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Health problems
Medium
electronic resource
Nature of contents
dictionariesbibliography
Responsibility statement
Elizabeth Barnes.
Series statement
Oxford scholarship online
Sub title
philosophical puzzles about the nature of health
Summary
Health is weird. Health is weird in a way that resists simple explanations or elegant theorizing. This book is a philosophical explanation of that weirdness, and an argument that grappling with the distinctive weirdness of health can give us insight into how we might approach difficult questions about social reality
Table Of Contents
Intro -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication page -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. The Distinctive Biological Importance of Health -- 2. The Distinctive Normative Importance of Health -- 3. The Distinctive Political Importance of Health -- 4. The Distinctive Phenomenological Importance of Health -- 5. Ameliorative Skepticism -- 6. In Praise of Messiness -- 7. A Reader's Guide: Outline and Overview -- 1. Theories of Health -- 1. Welcome to the Jungle -- 2. Function-Based Theories -- 3. Normative Theories -- 4. Phenomenological Theories -- 5. Social Constructionist Theories -- 6. Hybrid Theories -- 7. Summing Up -- 2. Health and Wellbeing -- 1. Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of the Distinction -- 2. The Value of Health -- 3. Grief, Loss, and Wellbeing -- 4. Conclusion -- 3. Health, Subjectivity, and Capability -- 1. Objectivity and Subjectivity -- 2. The Objective Nature of Health -- 3. The Subjective Nature of Health -- 4. Subjectivity, Equality, and Capability -- 5. The Social Components of Health -- 6. In Practice: Measuring Health -- 7. Conclusion -- 4. Health and Disability -- 1. Disability and Health: It's Complicated -- 2. Disability, Health, and Wellbeing -- 3. Some Unsuccessful Solutions -- 4. A Metaphysical Interlude: The Statue and the Clay -- 5. Disability, Health, and Context -- 6. Grief, Loss, and the Good Life -- 7. Conclusion -- Appendix: Empirical Research on Disability and Subjective Wellbeing -- 1. What Is Being Measured: Quality of Life -- 2. What Is Being Measured: Disability -- 3. What Is Being Measured: Severity -- 4. What Is Being Measured: Co-Variables -- 5. What Current Research Suggests: Subjective Wellbeing -- 6. What Research Suggests: Hedonic Adaptation -- 7. Conclusion -- 5. Ameliorative Skepticism and the Nature of Health -- 1. Health: The Core Problem2. Ameliorative Skepticism -- 3. Why Not Error Theory? -- 4. Why Not Non-Reductive Realism? -- 5. Why Not a Vague or Inconsistent Object? -- 6. Why Not Pluralism or Pragmatism? -- 7. Amelioration and Messiness -- 8. A Model for Ameliorative Skepticism -- 9. The Important, Impossible Role of Health -- 6. Ameliorative Skepticism, Shifting Standards, and the Measure of Health -- 1. Health Judgments and Hard Cases -- 2. Health and Shifting Standards -- 3. Health as a Useful Shorthand -- 4. Delia Graff Fara on Shifting Standards -- 5. A Fara-Style Approach to Shifting Standards for Health -- 6. Messy Times, Messy Measures -- 7. The Distinctive Significance of Health -- Afterword: Parkinson's Disease -- 1. The Multiple Roles of Health -- 2. Health and Wellbeing -- 3. Health and Subjectivity -- 4. Health and Disability -- 5. Ameliorative Skepticism -- 6. Health in Context -- 7. Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
Target audience
specialized
Classification
Content