Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 1994

Raymond Kolcaba, Katharine Kolcaba
Pages 19-24

Health Maintenance as Responsibility for Self

Many kinds of health compromising norms, habits, and beliefs are highly resistant to change thereby preventing new knowledge about health maintenance from advancing widespread better health. Persons would be more responsive if they used a health ethic to harmonize personal behavior with health-maintaining practices. We argue that common sense morality includes a portion of a health ethic in the guise of responsibilities to maintain health as well as avoid self destruction. We discuss an example in which its application can retard decline in older age that results from a sedentary lifestyle.