The Enigma of Health: The Art of Healing in a Scientific Age

The Enigma of Health: The Art of Healing in a Scientific Age
Author: Hans-Georg Gadamer
Language English
Pages: 180
ISBN10: 0804726922
Genre: Philosophy
Goodreads Rating: 4.19
ISBN13: 9780804726924
Published: June 1st 1996 by Stanford University Press

In this important new book, Hans-Georg Gadamer discusses the transformation in human self-understanding wrought by the scientific worldview, focusing in particular on the unparalleled achievements of modern medicine. He explores the ethical and humanist issues raised by the technological successes of modern clinical practice, and relates them to the classical conception of "praxis" in the philosophical tradition. In a series of lucid and engaging analyses, Gadamer eloquently defends the idea of medicine, not only as a "science of health, but as an "art" of hermeneutic relevance, requiring the exercise of practical judgment and personal interpretation. We should, he argues, recognize the limits of purely technical approach to healing, as well as the importance of a qualitative approach to medical treatment. Written by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century, this brilliant meditation on health, illness, and the art of healing will be of interest to general readers as well as students of philosophy and social thought.