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Philosophical Roots of Chiropractic

November 27, 2023

Simon Senzon discusses explores the roots of chiropractic philosophy by reconstructing the history that shaped the thinking and worldview of D.D. Palmer and early chiropractors. He explains that chiropractic emerged at a pivotal point when new postmodern ways of thinking were emerging, and positions Palmer’s ideas as an attempt to integrate science, spirituality, evolution and other key concepts to overcome limitations in modern philosophy and mechanistic science. Though providing a novel perspective, Dr. Simon acknowledges Palmer did not fully succeed, but sees his effort as an important beginning.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the historical influences on the origins of chiropractic
  • Learn what shaped D.D. Palmer’s worldview in founding chiropractic
  • Chiropractic emerged at a pivotal time when new postmodern ways of thinking arose at the turn of the 20th century
  • Palmer’s chiropractic principles attempted to integrate key concepts like science, spirituality, evolution and vitalism to overcome gaps in modern mechanistic science
  • Palmer’s approach could be viewed as an important early attempt at a postmodern integration of concepts that had grown fragmented in the modern era