Office of Academic Resources
Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University

Home / Help

TitleLife Interpretation and the Sense of Illness within the Human Condition [electronic resource] : Medicine and Philosophy in a Dialogue / edited by Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Evandro Agazzi
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2001
Connect to
Descript XXI, 287 p. online resource


In medicine the understanding and interpretation of the complex reality of illness currently refers either to an organismic approach that focuses on the physical or to a 'holistic' approach that takes into account the patient's human sociocultural involvement. Yet as the papers of this collection show, the suffering human person refers ultimately to his/her existential sphere. Hence, praxis is supplemented by still other perspectives for valuation and interpretation: ethical, spiritual, and religious. Can medicine ignore these considerations or push them to the side as being subjective and arbitrary? Phenomenology/philosophy-of-life recognizes all of the above approaches to be essential facets of the Human Condition (Tymieniecka). This approach holds that all the facets of the Human Condition have equal objectivity and legitimacy. It completes the accepted medical outlook and points the way toward a new ̀medical humanism'


Section I Interpreting illness and medecine in the context of humanlife: experience vs. objectivity -- Illness as Lived Experience and as the Object of Medicine -- The Construction of Illness: A Context Problem -- Defining Disease: Much Ado about Nothing? -- Critique of Freudโ{128}{153}s Notion of Mental Illness -- Cancer from the Medical and Existential Points of View -- The Experience of Illness and the Meaning of Death -- Section II Newchallenges to the understanding of medicine: The ethical parameters. Toward new โ{128}{156}Medical humanismโ{128}{157} -- Application or Interpretation?The Role of Clinical Bioethics between Moral Principles and Concrete Situations -- Medicine as a Practice and the Ethics of Illness -- Sense or Nonsense of Illness in Ethics of the Body -- The Loss of the Sense of Illness: Euthanasia and the Right to Die -- Is it Possible to Give Sense to Illness? -- Towards a New Approach to Medical Humanism -- Section III The life-tanscending parameters in the interpretation of suffering,death and human existence: buddhism,judaism,christianity -- The Meaning of Suffering in Buddhism andChristianity -- The Christian Interpretation of Suffering -- La Maladie dans la Tradition Juive: Orthodoxie et Orthopraxie -- La Souffrance de Job -- Le Sens de la Maladie: Une Perspective Spirituelle Chrรฉtienne -- La Signification des Miracles de Jรฉsus -- Index of namesS

Philosophy Ethics Philosophy and science Medicine -- Philosophy Phenomenology Medicine Philosophy Philosophy general Medicine/Public Health general Philosophy of Medicine Philosophy of Science Ethics Phenomenology


Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Rd. Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Contact Us

Tel. 0-2218-2929,
0-2218-2927 (Library Service)
0-2218-2903 (Administrative Division)
Fax. 0-2215-3617, 0-2218-2907

Social Network


facebook   instragram