Advertisement for the ontology for medicine

Theor Med Bioeth. 2010 Oct;31(5):333-46. doi: 10.1007/s11017-010-9153-x.


The ontology of medicine--the question of whether disease entities are real or not--is an underdeveloped area of philosophical inquiry. This essay explains the primary question at issue in medical ontology, discusses why answering this question is important from both a philosophical and a practical perspective, and argues that the problem of medical ontology is unique, i.e., distinct, from the ontological problems raised by other sciences and therefore requires its own analysis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Disease*
  • Humans
  • Metaphysics*
  • Philosophy, Medical*