Finding an Appropriate Ethic in a World of Moral Acquaintances
Loewy, Erich H.
Theoretical Medicine. 1997 Mar-Jun; 18(1-2): 79-97.
This paper discusses the possibility of finding an ethic of at least partial and perhaps ever-growing content in a world not that of moral strangers (where we have nothing except our desire to live freely to unite us) and one of moral friends (in which values, goals and ways of doing things are held in common). I argue that both the world of moral strangers which Engelhardt's world view would support, as the world of moral friends which is the one Pellegrino seeks both are untenable and that furthermore both can lead to a similar state of affairs. I suggest a dynamic world of moral acquaintances in which different belief systems and ways of doing things can come to some broad agreements about some essential thing. This is made possible because although we do not share the intimate framework Pellegrino might suggest, yet we are united by a much broader framework than the one moral strangers share.
Beneficence; Bioethics; Capitalism; Coercion; Common Good; Communitarianism; Compassion; Consensus; Cultural Pluralism; Democracy; Ethical Relativism; Freedom; Friends; Goals; Justice; Libertarianism; Moral Obligations; Morality; Obligations to Society; Public Policy; Religion; Social Control; Values;
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