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Eudaimonistic Health

Lawrence C. Becker

in Habilitation, Health, and Agency

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917549.003.0004
Eudaimonistic Health

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This chapter develops the notion of eudaimonistic health—a conception of physiological and psychological good as well as bad health. This conception of health, while similar to a much-criticized definition offered by the World Health Organization, is distinct from it, and avoids the usual objections to the WHO definition. Recent psychological and philosophical work on happiness and well-being is also consistent with the notion of eudaimonistic health developed here.

Keywords: physiological health; psychological health; happiness; well-being; World Health Organization; eudaimonistic health

Chapter.  10109 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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