Health is an interesting ethical concept because of the way it links to our human nature. We are animals, albeit rather special ones. It is almost self-evident that we need healthy bodies and healthy minds. Otherwise, how else are we to realise our potential as organisms? By extension, it becomes important that we live healthy lifestyles and inhabit healthy buildings and environments. And, with another stretch, that all our socio-economic institutions – marriage, government, companies or, indeed, society and capitalism – should also be healthy.

So could the very term ‘healthy’ become more widely ...


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