Wellbeing or Flourishing?

27th Jun 2017, 1:00pm - 2:15pm

The Arts Centre

Wellbeing or Flourishing? The Role of Identity in the Era of Health Care Austerity – Dr Andrew Edgar

Wellbeing is a concept that has become increasingly prominent within healthcare, social care and public health. The notion of ‘flourishing’, allows for individual identity and for people to make meaning of their own lives, even in the presence of ongoing personal challenges or struggles, such as ill health. Flourishing as a concept has not been extensively explored, but may be increasingly more applicable in the healthcare context.

This event will debate these concepts and their appropriateness, especially in the presence of the austerity and resource constraints which are currently being experienced within communities and in health and social care services.

Dr Andrew Edgar is a lecturer in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP), at Cardiff University and is widely published on the theme of flourishing within healthcare. At Masters Level, he teaches courses on medical meta-ethics and the political philosophy of medicine, the role of health-related quality of life measures in the allocation of healthcare, the virtues of the chronically ill and the nature of dignity in the treatment of the elderly. Dr Edgar has been involved in a number of European Commission-funded research projects that have looked at various problems in the field of bioethics.

Further details about Festival of Ideas 2017 can be found here