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INLEIDING TOT DE MEDISCHE FILOSOFIE

Acco, 2018

Ignaas Devisch

The medical world presents us with countless challenges: genetics, neuroscience, predictive medicine, the impact of age, medicalization... The list is long and requires in-depth analyses. The field of medical philosophy and ethics tries to provide an answer to this by looking at what is at stake today and tomorrow. But also by looking back at our thought traditions and establishing that philosophy and medicine have more to do with each other than many suspect.

This Introduction to Medical Philosophy examines how philosophers in the Western tradition have influenced the medical world and vice versa. It is not a history of philosophy or medicine. The focus is on the mutual interaction between these two areas over time, and also on the cultural and social context in which this ever-changing relationship has taken place. How have themes such as physicality, illness or health been considered from a philosophical perspective? And how has the evolution of medicine impacted philosophy? These questions form the common thread in the book.

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