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Disease.

Cooper, R. V. (2002) Disease. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 33 (2). pp. 263-282. ISSN 1369-8486

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    Abstract

    This paper examines what it is for a condition to be a disease. It falls into two sections. In the first I examine the best existing account of disease (as proposed by Christopher Boorse) and argue that it must be rejected. In the second I outline a more acceptable account of disease. According to this account, by disease we mean a condition that it is a bad thing to have, that is such that we consider the afflicted person to have been unlucky, and that can potentially be medically treated. All three criteria must be fulfilled for a condition to be a disease. The criterion that for a condition to be a disease it must be a bad thing is required to distinguish the biologically different from the diseased. The claim that the sufferer must be unlucky is needed to distinguish diseases from conditions that are unpleasant but normal, for example teething. Finally, the claim that for a condition to be a disease it must be potentially medically treatable is needed to distinguish diseases from other types of misfortune, for example economic problems and legal problems.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 33 (2), 2002, © ELSEVIER.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Disease ; Disorder ; Health ; Christopher Boorse
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 4061
    Deposited By: ep_importer
    Deposited On: 04 Mar 2008 13:25
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 09:43
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4061

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