Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (2):147-160 (2009)
This paper represents a preliminary investigation relating Bernard Lonergan’s thought to health science and the healing arts. First, I provide background for basic elements of Lonergan’s theoretical terminology that I employ. As inquiry is the engine of Lonergan’s method, next I specify two questions that underlie medical insights and define several terms, including health, disease, and illness, in relation to these questions. Then I expand the frame of reference to include all disciplines involved in the cycle of clinical interaction under the heading health science and the healing arts. Finally, I analyze the cycle of clinical interaction in terms of Lonergan’s cognitive theory. I compare and contrast my analysis, based on Lonergan, with that of Pellegrino, Thomasma and Sulmasy as I proceed. In closing, I comment briefly on the next stage of this project regarding Lonergan’s theory of the human good in relation to the practice of the healing arts.
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A Philosophical Basis of Medical Practice: Toward a Philosophy and Ethic of the Healing Professions.Edmund D. Pellegrino - 1981 - Oxford University Press.
“Diseases and Natural Kinds”.Daniel P. Sulmasy - 2005 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 26 (6):487-513.
Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan.Bernard J. F. Lonergan, Frederick E. Crowe, Robert M. Doran & Lonergan Research Institute - 1988
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