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.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation External publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.
Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/principles.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.