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Whose values? Whose reasons? A commentary on ‘Rethinking disease: a fresh diagnosis and a new philosophical treatment’ by Powell and Scarffe
  1. Havi Carel
  1. Correspondence to Dr Havi Carel, Philosophy, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TH, UK; Havi.Carel{at}


In this short commentary, I reflect on the new definition of disease proposed by Powell and Scarffe. I suggest that the method they appeal to as objective, namely, rational justification, is open to several criticisms, which I outline and discuss.

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