Can Compassion Be Taught?
Pence, Gregory E.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983 Dec; 9(4): 189-191.
Continuing the argument begun by Socrates and Protagoras over whether virtues can be taught, Pence asks if compassion can be taught in medical education. He distinguishes between this moral virtue and others such as pity and concern for social justice, then discusses the role imagination plays in compassion. Critical of historical and contemporary attitudes toward teaching compassion, he finds himself in agreement with the Protagoran view that moral ideals are developed within a social network. He concludes that current systems of medical education must be changed to avoid undermining existing compassion in students, and perhaps to support it. (KIE abstract)
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