Life Interpretation and the Sense of Illness within the Human Condition

Medicine and Philosophy in a Dialogue

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
  • Evandro Agazzi

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 72)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Interpreting Illness and Medicine in the Context of Human Life: Experience vs. Objectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jennifer Worrall, John Worrall
      Pages 33-55
  3. New Challenges to the Understanding of Medicine: The Ethical Parameters. Towards a New “Medical Humanism”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Paolo Cattorini
      Pages 99-115
    3. Roberto Mordacci
      Pages 117-131
    4. Jean Ladrière
      Pages 153-179
    5. Leon Cassiers
      Pages 181-192
  4. The Life-Transcending Parameters in the Interpretation of Suffering, Death, and Human Existence: Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Wolfhart Pannenberg
      Pages 203-211
    3. Menahem R. Macina
      Pages 213-233
    4. Jean-Marie van Cangh
      Pages 235-248
    5. Joseph Doré
      Pages 263-278
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 279-287

About this book


In medicine the understanding and interpretation of the complex reality of illness currently refers either to an organismic approach that focuses on the physical or to a 'holistic' approach that takes into account the patient's human sociocultural involvement. Yet as the papers of this collection show, the suffering human person refers ultimately to his/her existential sphere. Hence, praxis is supplemented by still other perspectives for valuation and interpretation: ethical, spiritual, and religious.
Can medicine ignore these considerations or push them to the side as being subjective and arbitrary? Phenomenology/philosophy-of-life recognizes all of the above approaches to be essential facets of the Human Condition (Tymieniecka). This approach holds that all the facets of the Human Condition have equal objectivity and legitimacy. It completes the accepted medical outlook and points the way toward a new `medical humanism'.


Clinical Bioethics Moral bioethics body ethics objectivity phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
    • 1
  • Evandro Agazzi
    • 2
  1. 1.The World Phenomenology InstituteUSA
  2. 2.University of GenoaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3839-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0780-1
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