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Is aging a disease? The theoretical definition of aging in the light of the philosophy of medicine

Saborido, Cristian and García-Barranquero, Pablo (2022) Is aging a disease? The theoretical definition of aging in the light of the philosophy of medicine. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In the philosophical debate on aging, it is common to raise the question of the theoretical definition of aging in terms of its possible characterization as a disease. Understanding aging as a disease seems to imply its medicalization, which has important practical consequences. In this paper, we analyze the question of whether aging is a disease by appealing to the concept of disease in the philosophy of medicine. As the result of this analysis, we argue that a pragmatist approach to the conception of disease is the best alternative to highlight the relevance of the medicalization of aging. From this pragmatist perspective, it can be seen that the notion of aging is going through a conceptual change, and aging can today be understood as a not radically different process from any other condition that is usually considered a disease.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Saborido, Cristiancristian.saborido@fsof.uned.es
García-Barranquero, Pablopablogarcia@uma.es
Additional Information: Forthcoming in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Keywords: aging, disease, philosophy of medicine, pragmatism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Dr. Cristian Saborido
Date Deposited: 06 May 2022 15:53
Last Modified: 06 May 2022 15:53
Item ID: 20544
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20544

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