Does illness have a meaning?

Tuesday 17th July, 7.30 at the Rose and Crown, Tintern



Judith Stares

NEXT MEETING 17th July 2018

Health raises a number of interesting philosophical questions connected with function, explanation, causation, the nature of evidence, the mind/body relation, realism versus anti-realism, holism versus reductionism, rationalism versus empiricism, theories of well-being and ethics. Evidence demonstrates that ill-health can have a purpose, and sometimes symptoms can be easier to manage than the existential problems they mask. Is it possible that in our search for 'wellness' we are approaching the subject in entirely the wrong way?  This talk will give examples of illness or disease in our own and other cultures, raising particular questions concerning the mind/body relationship.   It will suggest that perhaps a new vocabulary is needed to describe dis-ease and its effects.

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