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NOGUEIRA, Roberto Passos. An existential analysis of health. Interface (Botucatu) [online]. 2006, vol.10, n.20, pp.333-345. ISSN 1807-5762.

Heidegger's fundamental ontology in Being and Time has been used as an invaluable source of inspiration for researchers in the areas of mental and collective health, in spite of the difficulty in interpreting it. Binswanger's misunderstanding of this work, in the attempt to transpose it to psychoanalysis, is an great example of such and briefly discussed based on Loparic's in depth study. In this article, the author assumes that Heidegger's anti-metaphysical language can help bridge what he refers to as the false ontological gap between mental health and physical health. In the first half, the article revisits some common misinterpretations related to Heidegger's ontology, and outlines criteria pertaining to non-objection and non-determination. Subsequently the author provides his contribution, expounding his own interpretation regarding existential ontological analysis of health, using terms such as ailing, aiding and recovery.

Keywords : ontology; health-disease process; existentialism.

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