David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 11 (3):237-255 (1986)
Arthur Caplan has argued that the presumptive naturalness, universality, and inevitability of aging are no obstacles to conceptualizing aging as a disease since those traits are themselves merely contingent. Moreover, aging lends itself to discussion in terms of diagnostic symptomatology and etiology. Is aging therefore a disease? I argue that aging need not be shown to be unnatural or a disease in order to make it the subject of biomedical interest. I suggest that rather than ask "Is aging a disease?", the better point of philosophical departure would be to ask "Is aging objectionable such that its prevention and cure ought to be sought?". In this way, the moral issues at stake emerge more clearly. Chief among these issues are the potential results of curing aging and the implications for the prospect of meaningful human life without the de facto limitations that aging (and perhaps death) put upon it. A convincing argument that aging should be cured, therefore, would need to show that human significance warrants and possibly seeks such a cure and that the social costs of curing aging are morally acceptable. Keywords: aging, disease, cure, immortality CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Mark Schweda & Prof Dr Georg Marckmann (2012). Zwischen Krankheitsbehandlung und Wunscherfüllung: Anti-Aging-Medizin und der Leistungsumfang solidarisch zu tragender Gesundheitsversorgung. [REVIEW] Ethik in der Medizin 24 (3):179-191.
Similar books and articles
Stephen G. Post (1990). Women and Elderly Parents: Moral Controversy in an Aging Society. Hypatia 5 (1):83 - 89.
Norman Daniels (1998). Review: Does Economics Provide a Unified Account of Aging Behavior and Aging Policy? [REVIEW] Ethics 108 (3):569 - 585.
Pascale Piolino, Béatrice Desgranges, David Clarys, Bérengère Guillery-Girard, Laurence Taconnat, Michel Isingrini & Francis Eustache (2006). Autobiographical Memory, Autonoetic Consciousness, and Self-Perspective in Aging. Psychology and Aging 21 (3):510-525.
Dayle A. Friedman (2008). Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness. Jewish Lights Pub..
Walter Jacob & Moshe Zemer (eds.) (1998). Aging and the Aged in Jewish Law: Essays and Responsa. Rodef Shalom Press.
Colin Farrelly (2008). Aging Research: Priorities and Aggregation. Public Health Ethics 1 (3):258-267.
Zachary Davis (2009). Aging and Social Justice. Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 4 (10):46-54.
Added to index2010-08-16
Total downloads9 ( #156,922 of 1,100,864 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #289,727 of 1,100,864 )
How can I increase my downloads?