Marc Ereshefsky - Primer on health and disease

Health and disease are two concepts that dominate our lives. Analyzing these concepts has also dominated much of the discussion in the philosophy of medicine. Is health merely the absence of disease? Is disease a biological concept, a value-laden concept, or both? Why is it important that we dissect these concepts? Should we do away with them altogether, at least when it comes to the hard cases that generate controversy over who counts as healthy or diseased? In this episode, we provide a small primer on this big discussion.

Today’s consultation is with philosopher Marc Ereshefsky, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary.

Jonathan Fuller