Rethinking Health: Healthy or Healthier than?

S. Andrew Schroeder
Claremont McKenna College
Theorists of health have, to this point, focused exclusively on trying to define a state—health—that an organism might be in. I argue that they have overlooked the possibility of a comparativist theory of health, which would begin by defining a relation—healthier than—that holds between two organisms or two possible states of the same organism. I show that a comparativist approach to health has a number of attractive features, and has important implications for philosophers of medicine, bioethicists, health economists, and policy makers
Keywords health  bioethics
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DOI 10.1093/bjps/axs006
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