Justice Across the Generations
Somerville, Margaret A.
Social Science and Medicine. 1989; 29(3): 385-394.
The title, 'justice across the generations', is reminiscent of expressions such as 'hands across the seas'. The latter is, of course, impossible in reality, but it symbolizes friendship between persons in far-flung lands. Is 'justice across the generations', likewise, no more than a hopeful metaphor, or is there, or at least should there be, some concrete reality to it? If so, what is, or should be, the substance of that reality? This text consists of some free association reflections, principally in the context of health care and mainly in the form of questions, on the concepts proclaimed in the title, namely justice, across the generations, and what relevance these might have for our present and future societies.
Age Factors; Aged; Allowing to Die; Beneficence; Biomedical Technologies; Costs and Benefits; Decision Making; Democracy; Developing Countries; Discrimination; Economics; Fetuses; Future Generations; Health; Health Care; International Aspects; Justice; Law; Life; Life Extension; Metaphor; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Morality; Obligations of Society; Obligations to Society; Paternalism; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Public Participation; Resource Allocation; Rights; Selection for Treatment; Social Control; Trust; Values; Wedge Argument; Withholding Treatment;
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