Good Health as Reliably Competent Functioning

Lawrence C. Becker

in Habilitation, Health, and Agency

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950454 | DOI:
Good Health as Reliably Competent Functioning

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Chapter 4 refines the notion of eudaimonistic health by developing the central notion of basic good health as reliably competent functioning in a given environment. Habilitative abilities, coping abilities, and agency are all central to competent functioning. And the account of basic good health, as distinct from ideal or perfect health, promises to be useful for the limited normative principles of basic justice.

Keywords: coping abilities; agency; reliably competent functioning; basic health; ideal health

Chapter.  6328 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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