A Dialogue Between Virtue Ethics and Care Ethics
Theoretical Medicine. 1997 Mar-Jun; 18(1-2): 47-61.
A dialogue between virtue and care ethics is formed as a step towards meeting Pellegrino's challenge to create a more comprehensive moral philosophy. It is also a dialogue between nursing and medicine since each practice draws on the Greek Virtue Tradition and the Judeo-Christian Tradition of care differently. In the Greek Virtue Tradition, the point of scrutiny lies in the inner character of the actor, whereas in the Judeo-Christian Tradition the focus is relational, i.e. how virtues are lived out in specific relationships, particularly unequal relationships where vulnerability of one of the members is an issue. In a care ethic relational qualities such as attunement rather than inner qualities are the point of scrutiny. A dialogue between these two traditions makes it possible to consider the relational virtues and skills of openness and responsiveness that are required for a respectful meeting of the other.
Caring; Compassion; Competence; Education; Emotions; Ethical Theory; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Personnel; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Nurse Patient Relationship; Nurse's Role; Nursing Education; Nursing Ethics; Philosophy; Professional Competence; Professional Patient Relationship; Science; Suffering; Virtues;
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