Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Action Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 3-13
    3. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 15-22
    4. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 23-27
    5. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 29-46
    6. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 47-56
    7. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 57-64
    8. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 65-74
  3. Action-Theory as a Basis for the Theories of Health and Welfare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 77-83
    3. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 85-105
    4. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 107-114
  4. Action-Theoretic Applications in the Theory of Health and Health Care

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-173

About this book


This book is a part of the ongoing enterprise to understand the nature of human health and illness. This enterprise has expanded dramatically during the last decades. A great number of articles, as weIl as a fair number of monographs, on this topic have been published by renowned international publishers. In this discussion most participants share the idea that health is a partially normative concept, Le. that health is not a phe­ nomenon which can be wholly characterised in biological (or otherwise descriptive) terms. To ascribe health to a person is eo ipso, according to this line of thought, to as­ cribe a positively evaluated property to this person. Moreover, most debators share the idea that health is a holistic property, belonging to the person as a whole, whereas dis­ eases, injuries and defects are entities (or properties of entities) which can be very lim­ ited and and normally affect only a part of the individual. My own monograph belongs to this tradition. A feature of my position, which is not universally acknowledged in riyal theories, however, is my emphasis on the notion of ability as a fundament in the theory of health. In my formal characterisation of health I view it as astate of a person which is such that the person has the ability to fulfi1 his or her vital goals.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Lennart Nordenfelt
    • 1
  1. 1.Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5412-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9361-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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