Reconstruction of Three Polemics in the Philosophy of Medicine


In my view, philosophy of medicine can be composed of topic-centered domain, which focuses philosophically on the practical problems of medicine and normative domain, which deals with foundational theories and methodological thesis in medicine. My paper concerns just a normative domain of philosophy of medicine. The so called normative domain contains the three sorts of problems of philosophy of medicine; first point about whether the philosophy of medicine has its own and irreducible field, second issue over how to define disease, and last problem of disputes between the biomedical model and the humane or humanistic model. The normative domain including the diverse philosophical arguments in medicine already has been covered for the past 40 years by Wulff, Schwartz, Pellegrino, Marcum, King, Cunningham, Huneman, Douglas, Engelhardt, Boorse, Caplan, and et cetera. My article is not to solve a disputable problem or not to suggest new issue additionally in the philosophy of medicine, but to commit a reconfiguration the existing arguments in order to organize these diverse arguments in an easily accessible manner. I therefore tried to figure out the epistemological map of the philosophy of medicine, which could find a way to generate a good text of philosophy of medicine in Korean knowledge territory.
text in philosophy of medicine, irreducibility of philosophy of medicine, medical ontology, definition of disease, biomedical model and humane or humanistic model.

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