Healthcare as a Moral Practice

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Abstract

This Special Issue of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology invites consideration of the multiplicity of ways humanistic and religious values and practices are central to efforts to understand and alleviate human suffering. This can be seen in phenomena as diverse as the conceptualization of childhood resilience, the use of behavioral economics in health care planning and policies, the undermining of personal autonomy in the delivery of healthcare services to those with life-threatening conditions, and the devaluing of religious and mystical practices in confronting existential anxiety and terror. The authors and editor are to be commended for demonstrating so ably the critical role that theoretical and philosophical psychology could and must play in the reformulation of national healthcare policy in the wake of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

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