Pathophobia, Illness, and Vices

International Journal of Philosophical Studies 27 (2):286-306 (2019)
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I introduce the concept pathophobia, to capture the range of morally objectionable forms of treatment to which somatically ill persons are subjected. After distinguishing this concept from sanism and ableism, I argue that the moral wrongs of pathophobia are best analysed using a framework of vice ethics. To that end I describe five clusters of pathophobic vices and failings, illustrating each with examples from three influential illness narratives.

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Ian James Kidd
Nottingham University


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