Person, Society and Value

Towards a Personalist Concept of Health

  • Paulina Taboada
  • Kateryna Fedoryka Cuddeback
  • Patricia Donohue-White

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 72)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Kateryna Fedoryka Cuddeback, Paulina Taboada
      Pages 1-15
  3. Health and the Human Person

  4. Health and Human Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 147-163
    3. Patricia Donohue-White, Kateryna Fedoryka Cuddeback
      Pages 165-185
  5. Health and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Rocco Buttiglione, Manuela Pasquini
      Pages 229-239
    3. Josef Seifert, Paulina Taboada
      Pages 241-252
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-262

About this book


Besides offering a critical analysis of the WHO definition and a review of both ancient and contemporary conceptions of health, the cooperative effort of physicians and philosophers presented in this book works through the challenges which any definition of health faces, if it is to be both truly personalist, and at the same time operational.
The overall purpose of this book is to capture the essentials of human health and to propose the outlines for a personalist understanding of this concept, i.e., a conception that does justice to the personal nature of human beings by introducing dimensions that are essential to personal life and well-being, such as the realms of rationality, affectivity and freedom, the realms of meaning, values, morality, and spirituality, the realms of social and interpersonal relations.


Moral Plato experience freedom health knowledge philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Paulina Taboada
    • 1
  • Kateryna Fedoryka Cuddeback
    • 2
  • Patricia Donohue-White
    • 3
  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.ArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Franciscan University of SteubenvilleSteubenvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5971-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2570-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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