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Observatory for Global Pathologies

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Coordinator: Prof. Maximiliano Sergio Cenci                   Academic Profile

Education is linked to health due to the notion of social pathology. Deficits of the current model indicate disparities in access to health, a matter of justice and social solidarity. The diagnosis of current society shows a symptom of in-solidarity, reinforcing social pathologies that perpetuate and affect not only specific individuals or groups, but society as such.

The notion of social pathology refers to Axel Honneth, referring to the precariousness of undervalued groups, individuals and citizens and in subhuman situations. For the German thinker, the terms diagnosis and pathology, although originating in Medicine, are linked to social behaviors that prevent a healthy coexistence. “Abnormal manifestation” refers to the clinical notion of health which, for Honneth, refers to the “ability of the body to function.”

The pathological consideration corresponds to a “poor organic development”, clarified by diagnosis. Psychic and physical conditions are related to “values of normality” in a social horizon, when individuals perceive disorders of sense. In this case, people are considered as objects of a system that instrumentalizes relationships. In this perspective, the deficit corresponds to the social anomaly that violates values, especially justice, compromising the possibility of a life intended as  “normal” or “healthy. The pathological condition refers to disorders for a more comfortable living.

The link between health and education does not mean the substitution of one area for another, but the complementarity between research, a union aimed at developing sustainable plans and goals in the field of Social Health. Social deficits are starting points, identifying social vulnerabilities both in relation to individual self-realization and social well-being.

A healthy perspective requires an education for equity, whose principles can ensure the sustainable development and promotion of healthy living to all social groups at any age. In this way, multidisciplinary interaction concerns the innovation of equitable policies, both in the reduction of individual suffering as well as in the commitment with the public managers in the consolidation of research policies and sciences in view of a “present time” capable of understanding the future as a possibility of a healthier living between humans, non-humans and nature.