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Biological Normativity: A New Hope for Naturalism?

Veit, Walter (2020) Biological Normativity: A New Hope for Naturalism? [Preprint]

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Since Boorse (1977) published his paper "Health as a theoretical concept" one of the most lively debates within philosophy of medicine has been on the question of whether health and disease are in some sense 'objective' and `value-free' or 'subjective' and 'value-laden'. Due to the apparent `failure' of pure naturalist, constructivist, or normativist accounts, much in the recent literature has appealed to more conciliatory approaches or so-called 'hybrid accounts' of health and disease. A recent paper by Matthewson and Griffiths (2017), however, may bear the seeds for the revival of purely naturalist approach to health and disease. In this paper, I defend their idea of Biological Normativity against recent criticism by Schwartz (2017) and hope to help it flower into a revival of naturalist approaches in the philosophy of medicine.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Additional Information: Veit, W. (forthcoming). Biological Normativity: A New Hope for Naturalism? – \textit{Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy}, pp. 1-25.
Keywords: biological normativity; Boorse; Wakefield; health; disease; naturalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2020 16:13
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2020 16:13
Item ID: 18485
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Natural Kinds
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18485

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