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ID 22307
  Title Constructing a philosophy of chiropractic: Evolving worldviews and modern foundation
Journal J Chiropr Humanit. 2011 Dec;18(1):24-38
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

Objective: The purpose of this article is to trace the foundations of DD Palmer's sense of self and philosophy of chiropractic to its sources in modern Western philosophy as well as current metatheories about modernity.

Discussion: DD Palmer's sense of self was indicative of a modern self. A modern self is characterized as a self that developed after the Western Enlightenment and must come to terms with the insights of modernity such as Cartesian dualism, Spinoza's substance, Rousseau's expressivism, and Kant's critiques. It is argued that Palmer's philosophy can be viewed as part of the this tradition alongside his involvement in the 19th century American metaphysical religious culture, which was itself a response to these challenges of the modern self of modernity.
Conclusion: Palmer's development of chiropractic and its philosophy was a reaction to the challenges and promises of modernity.
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