Natural Resources for Morality: Commentary
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1991 Summer; 2(2): 92-95.
Loewy makes an extraordinary and audacious claim. He does not only reject virtue ethics, casuistry, the "Kantian injunction of respect for persons based on their capacity for self-legislation," and the utilitarian greatest good as possible groundings for clinical ethics. He even offers another grounding that he qualifies explicitly as "universally acceptable." Of course we have to analyze what it is that he offers. But prior to that, we must analyze what he means by "grounding." Grounding suggests an evidence that can neither be rationally grounded again nor rationally questioned but that other concepts can be rationally grounded upon. And it is at least doubtful whether the alternatives he quotes are groundings in that strict sense....
Alternatives; Autonomy; Beneficence; Bioethics; Casuistry; Clinical Ethics; Compassion; Contracts; Ethical Analysis; Ethical Theory; Ethics; Human Characteristics; Justice; Legislation; Moral Obligations; Morality; Obligations of Society; Personhood; Social Interaction; Suffering; Trust; Values; Virtues;
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