Members' Weekend Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017
PHILOSOPHY OF HEALTH
Call for Speakers
Philsoc's annual Members’ Weekend will be held at Rewley House on Saturday
2nd and Sunday 3rd September 2017. This year’s topic is Health.
Health raises a number of interesting philosophical questions connected
with function, explanation, causation, the nature of evidence, the mind/body
relation, realism versus anti-realism, holism versus reductionism, rationalism
versus empiricism, and theories of well-being in ethics. So, hopefully,
something to interest everybody!
Members are invited to present talks (of about 25-30 minutes) suggesting
answers or criticising answers from other philosophers. Speakers get
admission and dinner free!
To get started, here are a few (of the many) questions to consider: What
is/ causes health? Why does it matter? Is it merely the absence of biological
disease? If the concept of health is broadened to include mental and social
well-being (as in the World Health Organisation 1948 definition) is it
rendered impractical for healthcare professionals? Does health have a
spiritual dimension? Is illness culturally relative? Can a severely disabled
person be healthy? What is the connection between health, happiness and
wellness? Can computers replace the factual and reasoning dimensions of
A reading list is available on request.
Will those interested please email a (working) title and a very brief,
preliminary indication of the content to Fauzia Rahman-Greasley at