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Public Health und das gute Leben: Der Capability-Approach als normatives Fundament interventionsbezogener Gesundheitswissenschaften?

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  • Bittlingmayer, Uwe H.
  • Ziegler, Holger
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    Das vorliegende Paper versucht zur Theoriebildung in Public Health beizutragen. Zu diesem Zweck wird der Capability-Approach (CA), wie er maßgeblich von Amartya Sen und Martha Nussbaum entwickelt wurde, im Lichte unterschiedlicher Public Health-Diskussionskontexte eingebettet. Das Paper beginnt mit dem Nachweis der unhintergehbaren Normativität der Disziplin Public Health. Auf dieser Folie wird dann der CA eingeführt und entlang konkurrierender Ansätze aus dem Bereich der politischen Theorie konturiert. Im Anschluss daran wird in einem eigenen Kapitel aus der Perspektive des CA die für anwendungsorientierte Wissenschaften wie Public Health zentrale Problematik des Paternalismus und möglicher Maßstäbe diskutiert, bevor dann der CA für das Themenfeld Gesundheit spezifisch aufbereitet wird. Im folgenden Kapitel wird dann eine Analyse von Gesundheitszielen aus der Perspektive des CA versucht. Das Paper endet mit offenen Forschungsfragen und einigen Schlussfolgerungen. -- Our paper aims in contributing to the theory of public health. Therefore we discuss intensively the Capability-Approach (CA) - based on the writings of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum - on the background of different Public Health-topics. In the first chapter we argue that Public Health is inescapably grounded on a normative fundament. Based on that argument we introduce the CA, especially with regard to the serious problem of paternalism in Public Health. Furthermore, we analyze the discussion about health targets on the basis of the theory of CA. We end with a few open research questions and conclusions.

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    Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Research Group Public Health with number SP I 2012-301.

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