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"Existential Health: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives"

Författare och institution:
Ola Sigurdson (Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion)
Publicerad i:
LIR.journal, 6 ( 16 ) s. 7-23
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
In this article I strive for a conceptual clari cation and con- structive elaboration of the concept of existential health. Taking my cue from the multidimensionality of health – refer- ring to contemporary experience, the WHO de nition of health as well as pre-modern conceptions of health – I compare existential health to other concepts of health – i.e. physical, mental, social and spiritual. I argue that existential health should not be seen as yet another dimension of health – not even spiritual health, the most likely candidate as Valerie DeMarinis and Cecilia Melder, two prominent Swedish psycho- logists of religion, has argued – but rather is a re exive expe- rience of health. By »re exive« I mean an intentional relation to one’s own experience of ailment and health, including a relation to these experiences as one’s own. My conclusion is that existential health as a concept should be reserved for this re exive feature of human subjectivity in relation to health, cutting across all other health dimensions, so as not to confuse the conceptuality in speaking of health.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Hälsovetenskaper ->
Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi ->
Praktisk filosofi
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Religionsvetenskap ->
Tros- och livsåskådningsvetenskap
existential health, spiritual health, existential vs spiritual health, de nitions of health, medical humanities, health and subjectivity
Ytterligare information:
The issue of LIR-journal »Health and well-being in today’s Scandinavia« is the outcome of interdisciplinary research done within the research programme »Religion, Culture, and Health« at the Faculty of Arts, at the University of Gothenburg, between 2010 and 2014.2 Here six scholars present their work on how it is possible to understand and deal with the growing number of people suffering from various states of illness, as well as mental and social difficulties, and therefore also how it is possible to apprehend and treat health problems related to ideological and culturally defined issues, such as ethical and political questions, gender structure, and religion.It is edited by Marie Demker, Yvonne Leffler and Ola Sigurdson.
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2016-08-26 12:16

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