What Is Disease? by James M. HumberWhat Is Disease? by James M. Humber

What Is Disease?

EditorJames M. Humber

Paperback | November 19, 2010

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Renowned philosophers and medical ethicists debate and discuss the profoundly important concepts of disease and health. Christopher Boorse begins with an extensive reexamination of his seminal definition of disease as a value-free scientific concept. In responding to all those who criticized this view, which came to be called "naturalism" or "neutralism," Boorse clarifies and updates his landmark ideas on this crucial question. Other distinguished thinkers analyze, develop, and oftentimes defend competing, nonnaturalistic theories of disease. Their combined thoughts review and update an issue of central importance in bioethics today.
Title:What Is Disease?Format:PaperbackDimensions:370 pagesPublished:November 19, 2010Publisher:Humana PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

A Rebuttal on Health, Christopher Boorse. Defining Disease: The Question of Sexual Orientation, Michael Ruse. Malady, K. Danner Clouser, Charles M. Culver, and Bernard Gert. Toward a Pragmatic Theory of Disease, George J. Agich. Defining Disease: Praxis Makes Perfect, John D. Banja. Disease: Definition and Objectivity, Frederiek Kaufman. Disease and Subjectivity, Stan van Hooft. The Concept of Disease in Alternative Medicine, Mark B. Woodhouse.

Editorial Reviews

"The centerpiece of this volume is an excellent discussion by C. Boorse, who responds to twenty years of criticism and defends his naturalist biostatistical theory of disease....The authors all make good use of contemporary examples of one or currently pathologized conditions, such as homosexuality and mental illness, to test their accounts of disease, thus making this book both conceptually rich and practically relevant for its readers."-Religious Studies Review