The Enigma of HealthThe Art of Healing in a Scientific Age
In this book Gadamer discusses the transformations in human self-understanding, focusing on the achievements of modern medicine.
Preface. 1. Theory, Technology, Praxis. 2. Apologia for the Art of Healing. 3. The Problem of Intelligence. 4. The Experience of Death. 5. Bodily Experience and the Limits of Objectificaton. 6. Between Nature and Art. 7. Philosophy and Practical Medicine. 8. On the Enigmatic Character of Health. 9. Authority and Critical Freedom. 10. Treatment and Dialogue. 11. Life and Soul. 12. Anxiety and Anxieties. 13. Hermeneutics and Psychiatry. Index.
"The Enigma of Health is a thoroughly wise book and should be compulsory reading for anyone with a direct or passing, professional or lay, interest in medicine and health-care. It is also an excellent introduction to the intricacies and subtleties of Gadamer's thought." Milltown Studies "Anyone interested in Gadamer, and anyone seeking quotable quotes from a famous and influential philosopher who is sceptical of the claims of modernism in medicine, would do well to peruse this book." Medical History "There is much of interest ... Gadamer has written wide-ranging essays which will generate reflection ... thought provoking." Health
In this important book, Hans-Georg Gadamer discusses the transformations in human self-understanding wrought by the scientific world-view, focusing in particular on the unparalleled achievements of modern medicine. He explores the ethical and humanist issues raised by the technological successes of modern clinical practice, and relates them to the classical conception of 'praxis' in the philosophical tradition. In a series of lucid and engaging analyses, Gadamer eloquently defends the idea of medicine, not only as a 'science' of health, but as an 'art' of hermeneutic relevance, requiring the exercise of practical judgement and personal interpretation. We should, he argues, recognize the limits of a purely technical approach to healing, as well as the importance of a qualitative approach to medical treatment. Written by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century, this brilliant meditation on health, illness and the art of healing will be of interest to general readers as well as students of philosophy and social thought.
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