Nordenfelt has authored an interesting and useful book, identifying various theories of human and animal health and welfare (though less has been written about animal health than human health), and suggesting shortcomings of each theory.1 This he does in the first two parts of the book, consisting of 21 relatively short chapters. He puts forth his own view in the third part, consisting of two chapters. There is also an Appendix examining the similarities and differences between his own view and Amartya’s Sen’s theory of functionings and capabilities. In the first two parts of the book, he often compares elements of the views he is examining with his own view, so we get hints of what his own theory is throughout the book.
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