Medicine Studies

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 1-7

First online:

The Concept of Normativity from Philosophy to Medicine: An Overview

  • Claude DebruAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Ecole Normale Superieure Email author 


In this introductory paper, I try to give an overview of the concept of normativity in its philosophical history and its contemporary interpretations and uses in different fields. From philosophy of logic and mathematics to philosophy of language and mind, and to philosophy of medicine and care, normativity is found as a key concept pointing at the possibility of scientific and technical progress and improvement of human life in the interaction between the individual and his environment.


Philosophy of language and mind Moral philosophy Normativity Medical care