Kierkegaard's existential philosophy in the physician-patient relationship.

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Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

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Master of Medical Humanities


This thesis aims to show the existential relationships that exist within the physician patient relationship in regards to Soren Kierkegaard's existential philosophy. I will introduce Kierkegaard's philosophical concepts of anxiety and despair (Chapter 1), apply his philosophy to the perspective of patients seeking aid (Chapter 2), explain the existential importance of the family as caregivers (Chapter 3), explain the challenges and existential relationships physicians have with their patients (Chapter 4), and lastly discuss instances faith and spirituality in modern medicine (Chapter 5).