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What is it to be healthy?

Elselijn Kingma

Analysis 2007 Apr;67(294):128-133

Department of History and Philosophy of Science Cambridge University Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, UK

According to Christopher Boorse's Bio-Statistical Theory (BST), 'health' is statistically normal function in a reference class, and 'health' and 'disease' are empirical, objective and value-free concepts. I demonstrate that the success of the BST depends on its choice of reference classes; different reference classes result in different accounts of health. I argue that nothing in nature empirically or objectively dictates the use of reference classes Boorse proposes. Read More

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April 2007
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