Philosophy of Science 86 (5):1168-1178 (2019)

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Russell Powell
Boston University
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The concept of disease remains hotly contested. In light of problems with existing accounts, some theorists argue that the disease concept ought to be eliminated. We answer this skeptical challenge by reframing the discussion in terms of the role that the disease concept plays in the complex network of health-care institutions in which it is deployed. We argue that while prevailing accounts do not suffer from the particular defects that critics have identified, they do suffer from other deficits, and this leads us to propose a new account that satisfies the desiderata for a concept of disease in human medicine.
Keywords DISEASE  FUNCTION  MEDICINE  OBJECTIVITY  SCIENCE  VALUE
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