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Changing the Narrative: A Deweyian Approach to our Healthcare Crisis


Liberal Studies


Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

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While the U.S. health care system is failing to satisfactorily serve many of its citizens, changing the public narrative about our health care system in order to create some common ground from which to generate caring, "just enough" policy seems impossible. Leonard Fleck attempts, however, to do just this through a process he calls "rational democratic deliberation." While John Dewey's philosophy supports Fleck's argument here, it also highlights problems with the argument that must be addressed before we can seriously endorse this very timely project as feasible. And when forty-seven million Americans are currently without health insurance, we certainly have a system in need of a deliberative process that works to identify and disseminate the narratives from which we can build more caring and more just health care policies.

Conference Name

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Annual Meeting

Conference Location

Spokane, Washington

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