Sociology and Philosophy of Chiropractic

Published In: Chiropractic Journal of Australia, v. 21, no. 4, Dec 1991, p. 149-152

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1991

by Ian D. Coulter

The following article uses the work of the author over the past ten years to examine the way in which philosophy and philosophical concepts enter into the sociological analysis of chiropractic. The paper examines work in four key areas: the chiropractic paradigm; the chiropractic wars; chiropractic education; and the chiropractic role. In each instance, the fields of philosophy were utilized to solve substantive problems. The paper suggests that chiropractic will require a greater immersion into the general concepts and methodologies of philosophy if it is ever to resolve some of the major issues that have split the profession.

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