The Good of Health: An Argument for an Objectivist Understanding

  • Patricia Donohue-White
  • Kateryna Fedoryka Cuddeback
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 72)


In contemporary analyses of the concept of health, it is generally undisputed that health in its primary meaning is a value concept1: health is a good and as such it motivates and regulates types of action. The good of health is further specified as a kind of well-being or as a necessary condition for well-being. The predominant understanding of good in general and well-being in particular is a subjectivist one (Nordenfelt, 1987, pp. 81–82), basing well-being variously in individual feelings of happiness or the satisfaction of desires (desire-satisfaction theory2).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Donohue-White
    • 1
  • Kateryna Fedoryka Cuddeback
    • 1
  1. 1.International Academy of PhilosophyPrincipality of Liechtenstein

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