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December 26, 2010

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Whether health should be accorded special status, especially where individuals (substantially) contribute to their own ill-health, is something I haven't settled on yet.

But I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on lines of argument which purport that one reason why health as a goal is special is that it (or at least a minimal level if it) is a prerequisite for the pursuit of any goals at all.

Right, Muireann - I'm generally skeptical on any objective goods theory, because the choice of the objective goods, as well as the threshold minimal level, is always to some extent arbitrary. But that account has more appeal to me that one that simply holds health to be intrinsically good and thereby special in some way.

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