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2015

Fail to respond adequately to the problems posed by naturalism and positivism. Instead

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Health As Embodied Authenticity, Margaret Steele Apr 2015

Health As Embodied Authenticity, Margaret Steele

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This dissertation offers a phenomenological and existential account of health. It considers the model of health that is dominant in the contemporary USA. Using the example of fatness, this dissertation argues that the dominant model of health is deeply flawed, because of its largely unexamined commitment to naturalism and positivism (in the Husserlian senses of these terms). It concludes that purported alternatives to the dominant model, such as the Foucault-influenced constructivist approach to health, fail to respond adequately to the problems posed by naturalism and positivism. Instead, this dissertation proposes a model of health as embodied authenticity. This model is ...