Health, Disease, and Causal Explanations in Medicine

  • Lennart Nordenfelt
  • B. Ingemar B. Lindahl

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. On the Concepts of Health and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ingmar Pörn
      Pages 3-9
    3. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 15-23
    4. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 27-41
  3. On Definition and Classification in Medicine

  4. On Casual Thinking in Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Causal Analysis

    3. Causal Selection

    4. Causal Explanation

    5. Other Topics on Causality

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 235-257

About this book


On May 13-15, 1982, some 50 scientists and scholars - physicians, philos­ ophers and social scientists - convened at Hasselby Castle in Stockholm for the first Nordic Symposium on the Philosophy of Medicine. The topics for the symposium included (1) the concepts of health and disease, (2) classification in medicine, and (3) causality and causal explanations in medicine. The majority of the participants were Scandinavian but the symposium was also able to welcome four distinguished guests from other parts of the world, Professors Stuart F. Spicker and H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., U.S.A., Dr Anne M. Fagot, France, and Dr Werner Morbach, West Germany. The latter represented Professor Kazem Sadegh-zadeh, who unfortunately was prevented from attending. One of the main purposes of this symposium was to bring together people in Scandinavia who at present work within the field of Philosophy of Medi­ cine. This group is still relatively small but is growing rapidly, and the scholarly activity has recently been notable. This fact is clearly demonstrated by the presentation of 'Philosophy of Medicine in Scandinavia' in the Appendix of this volume.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lennart Nordenfelt
    • 1
  • B. Ingemar B. Lindahl
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Huddinge University HospitalHuddingeSweden
  3. 3.University of StockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6285-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6283-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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