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Hermeneutics of clinical practice: the question of textuality.
2000 (engelsk)Inngår i: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, ISSN 1386-7415, E-ISSN 1573-0980, Vol. 21, nr 2, s. 171-89Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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In this article I scrutinize the question whether clinical medicine, in order to be considered a hermeneutical enterprise, must be thought of as a reading of different "texts." Three different proposals for a definition of the concept of text in medicine, suggested by other hermeneuticians, are discussed. All three proposals are shown to be unsatisfying in various ways. Instead of attempting to find a fourth definition of the concept of text suitable to a hermeneutics of medicine, I then try to show that the assumption that one needs to operate with the concept of text in order to develop a hermeneutics of medicine is false. Clinical interpretation can be shown to essentially consist in a dialogical hermeneutics, the pattern of which can be found in the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer. This kind of hermeneutics is not a methodology of text reading, but an ontological, phenomenological hermeneutics in which understanding is a necessary feature of the being-together of human beings in the world. This being-together in and through language takes on a peculiar form in the clinical encounter, since the medical meeting is typically characterized by an asymmetrical enstrangement and has a specific goal--health for the patient--absent in other forms of hermeneutics. Central issues of Gadamer's philosophy, e.g. "fusion of horizons," are shown to fit the structure of clinical practice.

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2000. Vol. 21, nr 2, s. 171-89
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7638PubMedID: 10967952OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-7638DiVA, id: diva2:408015
Tilgjengelig fra: 2011-04-01 Laget: 2011-04-01 Sist oppdatert: 2017-12-11bibliografisk kontrollert

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