Objective: To illustrate the polemic and to provide an example of how critical inquiry has the potential to advance the understanding of the philosophy of chiropractic and to contribute in a meaningful way toward contemporary healthcare.
Discussion: It is argued that neither group discussed has been successful in advancing understanding of the philosophy of chiropractic or health care. A third approach, in which the notions of critical inquiry and rigorous analysis are used, is presented.
Conclusion: The philosophy of chiropractic can become a discipline advancing the understanding of the nature of the philosophy, its ability for pragmatic application, and its potential to enhance society.
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