File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2001/bhaskar.0110, message 5

Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 11:20:31 +0200
Subject: BHA: metaphors (e.g. ills)

Hi all,

can somebody explain why Bhaskar permanently uses the medical word
"ills" for every non-ideal social and individual process (see f.e. SRHE
191: cognitive ills, practical ills, psycho-social ills, socio-economic
ills, communicative ills, etc.)?
There are two questions:
a: Does it make sense to have only one concept (which is not even a
theoretical concept) for qualitatively very different processes?
b: Isn't it problematic to use a medical metaphor (the picture of
society as an organism?!) for social injustices and individual


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