Compassion, Reason, and Moral Judgment
Loewy, Erich H.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1995 Fall; 4(4): 466-475.
This paper will discuss the role of compassion in ethics in general and in healthcare ethics in particular. My thesis is that compassion: 1) as Rousseau pointed out, is a natural trait common to all higher animals (human as well as nonhuman); 2) can and does serve as one of the most important motivators and modulators of ethics in both theoretical and applied aspects; 3) must be controlled by, and in turn control, reason if it is to serve its ethical as well as natural purposes; and 4) as a natural trait has survival value and, by virtue of being a natural trait, cannot be an obligation although there may very well be an obligation to do all that is necessary to nurture and not crush this sentiment.
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