Utilitarianism, Liberal Thought, and Public Health

Utilitarismo, pensamiento liberal y salud pública

Utilitarismo, pensamiento liberal y salud pública

Utilitarianism, Liberal Thought, and Public Health

Utilitarismo, pensamiento liberal y salud pública

Contemporary utilitarianism and liberalism have oriented and formulated relevant ethical questions to the work of public health. The development of these currents of thought was closely linked to the demand for religious tolerance, individual freedoms, and constitutionalism, That various thinkers, supported in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Furthermore, its appearance coincides with the emergence of an economic structure based on the free market. To face the contemporary challenges of public and global health, some aspects of utilitarianism and liberalism advocate minimal action by the State; while others, on the contrary, consider that the State and the international community should play an active role, without significantly affecting individual freedoms. In this essay, Luis Fernando Gómez argues that deliberative democracy provides a public health approach that allows rescuing the strengths of liberal thought, rejecting the individual atomism to which it is prone. Precisely, economic evaluations, which have their philosophical roots in utilitarian thinking, have made it possible to guide the efficient and effective allocation of resources in the health area. In this sense, Utilitarianism, liberal thought, and public health show that modern constitutionalism and freedom of expression have been fundamental in the political advocacy processes aimed at promoting population actions to promote health and prevent disease.

  • Utilitarianism, Liberal Thought, and Public Health
  • Luis Fernando Gómez Gutiérrez
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Available worldwide
  • Spanish
  • Printed, Digital
    • 978-958-781-462-0
    • 978-958-781-463-7
  • No
    • Rafael A. Nieto Roca
    • nieto.r@javeriana.edu.co
    • +57 (1) 320–8320