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How to Be a Naturalist and a Social Constructivist about Diseases

Conley, Brandon A. and Glackin, Shane N. (2021) How to Be a Naturalist and a Social Constructivist about Diseases. Philosophy of Medicine, 2 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2692-3963

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Abstract

Debates about the concept of disease have traditionally been framed as a competition between two conflicting approaches: naturalism, on the one hand, and normativism or social constructivism, on the other. In this article, we lay the groundwork for a naturalistic form of social constructivism by (1) dissociating the presumed link between value-free conceptions of disease and a broadly naturalistic approach; (2) offering a naturalistic argument for a form of social constructivism; and (3) suggesting avenues that strike us as especially promising for filling in the details of an alternative approach and addressing the most obvious objections.


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CreatorsEmailORCID
Conley, Brandon A.bac248@cornell.edu0000-0002-1819-3627
Glackin, Shane N.s.n.glackin@exeter.ac.uk0000-0002-8346-8666
Keywords: Disease Dysfunction Normativism Naturalism Social Constructivism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 03:53
Last Modified: 15 May 2022 03:53
Item ID: 20602
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Official URL: https://philmed.pitt.edu/philmed/article/view/18
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2021.18
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 19 April 2021
Page Range: pp. 1-21
Volume: 2
Number: 1
ISSN: 2692-3963
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20602

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