Journal Article

Public Health Ethics. Problems and Suggestions

Volker H. Schmidt

in Public Health Ethics

Volume 8, issue 1, pages 18-26
Published in print April 2015 | ISSN: 1754-9973
Published online December 2014 | e-ISSN: 1754-9981 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/phe/phu040
Public Health Ethics. Problems and Suggestions

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The article concerns itself with normative aspects of public health in light of recent debates. It starts out by introducing a few terminological and conceptual distinctions that set the stage for the subsequent discussion. This is followed by critical remarks on (i) two proposals for developing an adequate public health ethics and (ii) the way that the growing health inequalities observed in much of the OECD-world are dealt with in parts of the pertinent literature. The article concludes with a cautionary note on the ‘dangers’ of over-identification with a public health agenda and of over-moralization of empirical findings that give cause for concern.

Journal Article.  6343 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Philosophy of Biology ; Bioethics and Medical Ethics ; Medical Ethics ; Public Health

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