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    The Concepts of Health and Illness Revisited.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2006 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 10 (1):5-10.
    Contemporary philosophy of health has been quite focused on the problem of determining the nature of the concepts of health, illness and disease from a scientific point of view. Some theorists claim and argue that these concepts are value-free and descriptive in the same sense as the concepts of atom, metal and rain are value-free and descriptive. To say that a person has a certain disease or that he or she is unhealthy is thus to objectively describe this person. On (...)
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  2. The Varieties of Dignity.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2004 - Health Care Analysis 12 (2):69-81.
    As a part of a research project on Dignity and Older Europeans Programme) I explore in this paper a set of notions of human dignity. The general concept of dignity is introduced and characterized as a position on a value scale and it is further specified through its relations to the notions of right, respect and self-respect. I present four kinds of dignity and spell out their differences: the dignity of merit, the dignity of moral or existential stature, the dignity (...)
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  3. On the Nature of Health an Action-Theoretic Approach.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1987
     
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    Health, Science, and Ordinary Language.Lennart Nordenfelt (ed.) - 2001 - Rodopi.
    One INTRODUCTION 1. Background The theory of the nature of health and disease, or of the concepts of health and disease, has been central in modem ...
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    Views on Dignity of Elderly Nursing Home Residents.Lise-Lotte Franklin, Britt-Marie Ternestedt & Lennart Nordenfelt - 2006 - Nursing Ethics 13 (2):130-146.
    Discussion about a dignified death has almost exclusively been applied to palliative care and people dying of cancer. As populations are getting older in the western world and living with chronic illnesses affecting their everyday lives, it is relevant to broaden the definition of palliative care to include other groups of people. The aim of the study was to explore the views on dignity at the end of life of 12 elderly people living in two nursing homes in Sweden. A (...)
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    Rationality and Compulsion: Applying Action Theory to Psychiatry.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    This book presents a unique examination of mental illness. Though common to many mental disorders, delusions result in actions that, though perhaps rational to the individual, might seem entirely inappropriate or harmful to others. This book shows how we may better understand delusion by examining the nature of compulsion.
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    Dignity of the Elderly: An Introduction.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2003 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 6 (2):99-101.
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    Quality of Life, Health and Happiness.Lennart Nordenfelt - unknown
    The basic work for this book was carried out during the spring of 1989 in Edinburgh, where I had been granted a research position at The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. I should like to express here my indebtedness to the Institute for the opportunity thus afforded me. I should also like to say how very grateful I am for the stimulating conversations I had there with Professor Timothy Sprigge and Dr. Elizabeth Telfer. Dr. Telfers’s own treatise Happiness (...)
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    Establishing a Middle-Range Position in the Theory of Health: A Reply to My Critics. [REVIEW]Lennart Nordenfelt - 2006 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 10 (1):29-32.
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    Functions and Health: Towards a Praxis-Oriented Concept of Health.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2018 - Biological Theory 13 (1):10-16.
    Contemporary philosophy of health and disease has been quite focused on the problem of determining the nature of the concepts of health and disease from a scientific point of view. Some theorists claim and argue that these concepts are value-free and descriptive in the same sense as the concepts of atoms, metal, and rain are value-free and descriptive. According to this descriptive or naturalist line of thought, the notions of health and disease are furthermore related to the idea of a (...)
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    Dignity and the Care of the Elderly.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2003 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 6 (2):103-110.
    The main purpose of this paper is to clarify some senses of dignity that are particularly relevant for the treatment and care of the elderly. I make a distinction between two quite different ideas of dignity, on the one hand the basic kind of dignity possessed by every human being, and on the other hand the dignity which is the result of a person's merits, whether these be inherited or achieved. Common to both these ideas is that having a dignity (...)
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    Ethical and Methodological Issues in Interviewing Persons With Dementia.Ingrid Hellström, Mike Nolan, Lennart Nordenfelt & Ulla Lundh - 2007 - Nursing Ethics 14 (5):608-619.
    People with dementia have previously not been active participants in research, with ethical difficulties often being cited as the reason for this. A wider inclusion of people with dementia in research raises several ethical and methodological challenges. This article adds to the emerging debate by reflecting on the ethical and methodological issues raised during an interview study involving people with dementia and their spouses. The study sought to explore the impact of living with dementia. We argue that there is support (...)
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  13. Action, Ability, and Health Essays in the Philosophy of Action and Welfare.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2000
     
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    Dimensions of Health and Health Promotion.Lennart Nordenfelt & Per-Erik Liss (eds.) - 2003 - Rodopi.
    This book contains scholarly contributions to several current debates in the philosophy of medicine and health care regarding the nature of health and health promotion, concepts and measurements of mental illness, phenomenological conceptions of health and illness, allocation of health care resources, criteria for proper medical science, the clinical meeting, and ethical constraints in such a meeting.With one exception, the authors in this book are or have been teachers or graduate students at the interdisciplinary Department of Health and Society at (...)
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    On the Goals of Medicine, Health Enhancement and Social Welfare.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2001 - Health Care Analysis 9 (1):15-23.
    Bengt Brülde in his article ``The Goals of Medicine. Towards a Unified Theory'' has proposed a normative theory of the goals of medicine within which the concept of quality of life plays a crucial role. In Brülde's analysis, however, the very concept of medicine is deliberately left quite vague and it is therefore difficult to see how the goals of medicine are related to the goals of closely allied enterprises such as health promotion and social welfare. In this reply I (...)
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    On Medicine and Health Enhancement - Towards a Conceptual Framework.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1998 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 1 (1):5-12.
    This paper contains an attempt at constructing a semantic framework for the field of health enhancement. The latter is here conceived as an extremely general category covering the whole area of health care and health promotion. With this framework as a basis I attempt to define the place of medicine within the enterprise of health enhancement. I finally indicate some normative issues for the future, in particular problems and possible developments for medicine as a species of health enhancement.
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  17. On the Relevance and Importance of the Notion of Disease.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1993 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 14 (1).
    This paper constitutes a defence of the basic philosophical enterprise of characterising concepts such as disease and health, as well as other medical concepts. I argue that these concepts play important roles, not only in medical, but also in other scientific and social contexts. In particular, medical decisions about health and diseasehood have important ethical, social and economic consequences. The role played is, however, not always a rational one. But the greater is the need for a reconstruction of this network (...)
     
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    Standard Circumstances and Vital Goals: Comments on Venkatapuram's Critique.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2013 - Bioethics 27 (5):280-284.
    This article is a reply to Venkatapuram's critique in his article Health, Vital Goals, Capabilities, this volume. I take issue mainly with three critical points put forward by Venkatapuram with regard to my theory of health. (1) I deny that the contents of my vital goals are relative to each community or context, as Venkatapuram claims. There is no conceptual connection at all between standard circumstances and vital goals, as I understand these concepts. (2) Venkatapuram notes that I stop short (...)
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  19. Concepts of Health and Their Consequences for Health Care.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1993 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 14 (4):277-285.
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    On Medicine and Health Enhancement - Towards a Conceptual Framework.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1998 - Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy 1 (1):5-12.
    This paper contains an attempt at constructing a semantic framework for the field of health enhancement. The latter is here conceived as an extremely general category covering the whole area of health care and health promotion. With this framework as a basis I attempt to define the place of medicine within the enterprise of health enhancement. I finally indicate some normative issues for the future, in particular problems and possible developments for medicine as a species of health enhancement.
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    On Holism and Normality.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2004 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 7 (2):149-152.
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    Identification and Classification of Diseases: Fundamental Problems in Medical Ontology and Epistemology.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2013 - Studia Philosophica Estonica 6 (2):6-21.
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    Three Nursing Home Residents Speak About Meaning At the End of Life.Lise-Lotte Dwyer, Lennart Nordenfelt & Britt-Marie Ternestedt - 2008 - Nursing Ethics 15 (1):97-109.
    This article provides a deeper understanding of how meaning can be created in everyday life at a nursing home. It is based on a primary study concerning dignity involving 12 older people living in two nursing homes in Sweden. A secondary analysis was carried out on data obtained from three of the primary participants interviewed over a period of time (18—24 months), with a total of 12 interviews carried out using an inductive hermeneutic approach. The study reveals that sources of (...)
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    Dignity at Stake: Caring for Persons with Impaired Autonomy.Åsa Rejnö, Britt-Marie Ternestedt, Lennart Nordenfelt, Gunilla Silfverberg & Tove E. Godskesen - forthcoming - Nursing Ethics:096973301984512.
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    Health and Welfare in Animals and Humans.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2011 - Acta Biotheoretica 59 (2):139-152.
    This paper contains a brief comparative analysis of some philosophical and scientific discourses on human and animal health and welfare, focusing mainly on the welfare of sentient animals. The paper sets forth two kinds of proposals for the analysis of animal welfare which do not appear in the contemporary philosophical discussion of human welfare, viz. the coping theory of welfare and the theory of welfare in terms of natural behaviour. These proposals are scrutinized in the light of some similar theories (...)
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    Descriptive or Normative Conceptual Analysis – A Reply to Henk ten Have.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1998 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 1 (1):15-16.
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    Introduction (Quality of Life).Lennart Nordenfelt - 1999 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2 (1):3-10.
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    Introduction to Quality of Life: The Concept and its Application in Health Care.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1999 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2.
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    Health, Disease, and Causal Explanations in Medicine.Lennart Nordenfelt & B. Ingemar B. Lindahl (eds.) - 1984 - Reidel.
  30. Lazare Benaroyo Alex John London Universite de Lausanne Carnegie Mellon University Jeff Blustein Jeff McMahan Albert Einstein College of Medicine Rutgers.E. Christian Brugger, Donald Marquis, Thomas Cavanaugh, James Nelson, Tod Chambers, Lennart Nordenfelt, James Childress, Anders Nordgren, Kai Draper & Fredrik Svenaeus - 2006 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 27:1.
     
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  31. On the Relevance and Importance of the Notion of Disease.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1993 - Theoretical Medicine: An International Journal for the Philosophy and Methodology of Medical Research and Practice 14 (1):15-26.
    This paper constitutes a defence of the basic philosophical enterprise of characterising concepts such as 'disease' and 'health', as well as other medical concepts. I argue that these concepts play important roles, not only in medical, but also in other scientific and social contexts. In particular, medical decisions about health and diseasehood have important ethical, social and economic consequences. The role played is, however, not always a rational one. But the greater is the need for a reconstruction of this network (...)
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    On Chronic Illness and Quality of Life: A Conceptual Framework. [REVIEW]Lennart Nordenfelt - 1995 - Health Care Analysis 3 (4):290-298.
    In this paper I focus on the topic of chronic illness in the context of quality of life. I offer a conceptual explanation of these notions and then try to systematise the various species of suffering connected with chronic illness. Suffering in illness rarely attracts systematic analysis. Part of the reason for this is that the topic is in a way an aspect of common sense. It has an air of self-evidence and seems not to require analysis. However, it is (...)
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    Ill Health or Illness: A Reply to Hofmann. [REVIEW]Lennart Nordenfelt - 2013 - Health Care Analysis 21 (4):298-305.
    In this article I respond to Björn Hofmann’s criticism of some elements in my theory of health. Hofmann’s main objective is to question “Nordenfelt’s basic premise that you can be ill without having negative first-person experiences, and to investigate the consequences of abandoning the premise.” One of Hofmann’s critical points is that my theory of health does not lend voice to the individual. My response is essentially conducted in four steps: (1) I question the aim of conceptual analysis that Hofmann (...)
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    On the Comparative Approach to Defining Health: A Reply to Brülde.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2000 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 3 (3):307-310.
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    On Disability and Illness. A Reply to Edwards.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1999 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 20 (2):181-189.
    This paper is a reply to an article by Steven Edwards in a previous issue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. In this paper Edwards discusses two types of problems which he finds to be inherent in my theory of disability, mainly as presented in my On the Nature of Health, Kluwer 1995. First, Edwards discerns a tension in my basic definition of health, a tension between my “subjectivistic” and my “objectivistic” aspirations in the definition. Second, he finds that my theory (...)
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    On Concepts and Theories of Addiction.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2010 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (1):27-30.
  37. Explanation of Human Actions.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1974 - Uppsala, Filosofiska Föreningen Og Filosofiska Institutionen Vid Uppsala Universitet.
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    Talking About Health: A Philosophical Dialogue.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1997 - Rodopi.
    This book is a scholarly treatise on the nature of health presented in the form of a dialogue between an inquirer and a philosopher. It attempts to do two things: first, to introduce modern philosophy of health to non-philosophers, in particular to people with a professional relation to health care; and second, to elaborate and specify in some detail the author's holistic theory of health. According to this theory, a person is completely healthy if, and only if, she or he (...)
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  39. The Goals and Limits of Medicine.Lennart Nordenfelt & Per-Anders Tengland - 1996
     
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  40. On the Relation Between Biological and Social Theories of Health: A Commentary on Fulford's Praxis Makes Perfect.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1993 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 14 (4):321-324.
     
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  41. On Crime, Punishment, and Psychiatric Care: An Introduction to Swedish Philosophy of Criminal Law and Forensic Psychiatry.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1992 - Almqvist & Wiksell International.
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    On the Place of Fuzzy Health in Medical Theory.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2000 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 (5):639 – 649.
    This commentary on Sadegh-Zadeh's article 'Fuzzy health, illness and disease,' has its focus on the philosophical background for applying fuzzy logic to medical theory. I concentrate on four issues. First, I contest some of Sadegh-Zadeh's statements on the present state of the theory of medicine, in particular with regard to assumptions ascribed to contemporary theorists. Second, I consider Sadegh-Zadeh's interesting idea that a person can have a disease to varying degrees, from not having it at all to having it completely. (...)
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    Commentary on the Notions of Genetic Disease and Causes of Illness in Clinical Practice.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2006 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 9 (3):317-319.
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    Comments on Pörn's 'An Equilibrium Model of Health'.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1984 - In Lennart Nordenfelt & B. I. B. Lindahl (eds.), Health, Disease, and Causal Explanations in Medicine. Reidel. pp. 11--13.
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    Towards a New Paradigm for Health Promotion.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2000 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 3 (3):315-317.
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    The Stoic Conception of Mental Disorder: The Case of Cicero.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1997 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 4 (4):285-291.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero, the great promoter of Greek thought to the Latin world, gives a very detailed presentation of the Stoic philosophy of mind and of mental disorder in his Tusculan Disputations. In an interesting way, this philosophy anticipates the modern philosophical theories of affections or emotions developed by, for instance, R.M. Gordon, which are based on the concepts of belief and desire. According to Cicero, having an affection is the same as having a belief about something which one considers (...)
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  47. Events, Actions, and Ordinary Language.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1977
     
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    On Setting Priorities in the Health Area – A Reply to Joachim Widder.Lennart Nordenfelt - 1998 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 1 (1):19-19.
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    Commentary on Wim Dekkers’s and Marcel Olde Rikkert's: “What is a Genetic Disease? The Example of Alzheimer’s Disease” and Stephen Tyreman's: “Causes of Illness in Clinical Practice: A Conceptual Exploration”. [REVIEW]Lennart Nordenfelt - 2006 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 9 (3):317-319.
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    The Nature of Vital Goals: Comment on Andrew Bloodworth’s Review of Rationality and Compulsion.Lennart Nordenfelt - 2009 - Health Care Analysis 17 (1):92-94.
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