The Hermeneutics of Medicine and the Phenomenology of Health

Steps Towards a Philosophy of Medical Practice

  • Fredrik Svenaeus

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Fredrik Svenaeus
    Pages 1-9
  3. Fredrik Svenaeus
    Pages 11-57
  4. Fredrik Svenaeus
    Pages 59-118
  5. Fredrik Svenaeus
    Pages 119-175
  6. Fredrik Svenaeus
    Pages 177-181
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-203

About this book


Fredrik Svenaeus' book is a delight to read. Not only does he exhibit keen understanding of a wide range of topics and figures in both medicine and philosophy, but he manages to bring them together in an innovative manner that convincingly demonstrates how deeply these two significant fields can be and, in the end, must be mutually enlightening. Medicine, Svenaeus suggests, reveals deep but rarely explicit themes whose proper comprehension invites a careful phenomenological and hermeneutical explication. Certain philosophical approaches, on the other hand - specifically, Heidegger's phenomenology and Gadamer's hermeneutics - are shown to have a hitherto unrealized potential for making sense of those themes long buried within Western medicine.
Richard M. Zaner, Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics, Vanderbilt University


Edmund Husserl Hans-Georg Gadamer Interpretation Martin Heidegger Medical Ethics Paul Ricoeur Paul Ricœur body ethics health hermeneutics medicine phenomenology philosophy philosophy of medicine

Authors and affiliations

  • Fredrik Svenaeus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health and SocietyUniversity of LinköpingSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5632-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9458-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
  • Buy this book on publisher's site