My research. A 5 minutes video!
In this 5 minutes video I talk about my ongoing work on Environmental Philosophy and Philosophy of Medicine. The video has been made during my fellowship at the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh.
Health and environment
My talk on "Health and Environment. A relational account" at the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh.
In this talk I propose a situated and relational framework to address the relationship between health and environment. This research has been developed at the crossroad of environmental philosophy and philosophy of medicine.
Historically, the environment has received little attention in the definitions of health and disease proposed by medical organizations (e.g. the WHO, 1948). Even if, more recently, international documents – such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment or the OneHealth approach – have been calling for the importance of the environment in healthcare and medical theory, however, a conceptualization of health as related to the environment has not been provided. In philosophy (of medicine), the role of the environment is often implicit in the predominant approaches to the notions of health and disease, such in the objectivist or the naturalist accounts. When the environment is not overlooked, it is characterized as pathogenic, both in the medical theory and in the health care practice.
To fill this gap, I propose a first step into developing an understanding of the relationship between health and environment, leading to a situated relational perspective. I will do it via three notions: adaptation, adaptivity and salutogenesis. My aim, in this research, is twofold, theoretical and pragmatic: a) to develop a new conceptual characterization of health that allows to think and discuss for the role of environment and b) to have operational outcomes for the management of healthcare, medical education, and the design of buildings and outdoor public spaces (built and natural).