Doctoring Philosophy

Series exploring the philosophical beliefs at the heart of the NHS.

Episodes

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01Health2008063020090727

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service, Professor Jonathan Wolff asks whether health really is an intrinsic good and can be measured and quantified, as well as charting changing definitions of sickness and health, from Descartes to RD Laing.

To mark the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service in 1949, Prof Jonathan Wolff asks whether health really is an intrinsic good and can be measured and quantified as well as charting changing definitions of sickness and health, from Descartes to RD Laing.

Prof Jonathan Wolff looks at changing definitions of health, from Descartes to RD Laing.

02Entitlement *2008070120090729

Professor Jonathan Wolff explores the consequences of the change in healthcare philosophy that the NHS brought about, as charity was replaced by the concept of universal rights.

He considers fears that a new culture of entitlement might undermine traditional values of self-help and self-sufficiency.

Prof Jonathan Wolff explores the consequences of the change in healthcare philosophy that the NHS has brought about, as charity was replaced by the concept of universal rights.

Prof Jonathan Wolff explores shift from charity to entitlement brought in by the NHS.

03Equality *2008070220090730

Professor Jonathan Wolff asks how successful the NHS has been in reducing health inequalities between different socio-economic groups as well as considering its philosophy of equality of care.

Prof Jonathan Wolff asks how successful the NHS has been in reducing health inequalities between different socio-economic groups as well as considering its philosophy of equality of care.

Prof Jonathan Wolff considers the NHS's success in combatting health inequalities.

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04 LASTUtility * *2008070320090731

Professor Jonathan Wolff looks back at the philosopher Bentham's utilitarian principles and asks how an over-stretched health service should prioritise when all needs cannot be met.

Prof Jonathan Wolff looks back at the philosopher Bentham's utilitarian principles and asks how an overstretched health service should prioritise when all needs cannot be met.