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RODRIGUEZ, Juan Manuel Mendoza  and  SOTO, Edgar Carlos Jarillo. Determination and causality in Public Health: some considerations on its epistemological foundations. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, suppl.1, pp. 847-854. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000700016.

The discussion on the determinants is extremely prolific in the area of health. However, we still have to think about the way in which the determination is defined and understood as a category that allows to question reality, from an overall and complex view, and the extent that they can have their application in public health. This article discusses the concepts of causality, which is dominant in the positivist vision as well as determination and historicity, used by some alternative views on health. Some arguments are exposed on the ontological and epistemological approach to address the study of health-disease process, from considerations of phenomenology.

Keywords : Determination; Cause; Objectivity; Historicity; Happening; Be-there.

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