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Life Interpretation and the Sense of Illness within the Human Condition

Medicine and Philosophy in a Dialogue

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

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  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. Defining Disease: Much Ado about Nothing?

      • 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. Application or Interpretation?

      • Paolo Cattorini
      Pages 99-115
    3. Medicine as a Practice and the Ethics of Illness

      • Roberto Mordacci
      Pages 117-131
    4. Is It Possible to Give Sense to Illness?

      • Jean Ladrière
      Pages 153-179
    5. Towards a New Approach to Medical Humanism

      • 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. The Christian Interpretation of Suffering

      • Wolfhart Pannenberg
      Pages 203-211
    3. La Maladie dans la Tradition Juive

      • Menahem R. Macina
      Pages 213-233
    4. La Souffrance de Job

      • Jean-Marie van Cangh
      Pages 235-248

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'.

Keywords

  • Clinical Bioethics
  • Moral
  • bioethics
  • body
  • ethics
  • objectivity
  • phenomenology

Editors and Affiliations

  • The World Phenomenology Institute, USA

    Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

  • University of Genoa, Italy

    Evandro Agazzi

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