Sensibility and Clinical Understanding
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2008 June; 11(2): 209-219
This paper argues that there is a dimension of human consciousness which allows for a pre-intentional and non-cognitive intuition of sensibility. A sensibility which allows for the vulnerability of the human other is by nature characterized by passivity and receptivity. Moreover, sensibility invokes the significance of relating to the human other in an affective way of being touched by his or her pain and suffering. This capacity of being distressed by the distress of another person opens up for ethical responsibility and even in a fundamental sense is a presupposition for full-fledged clinical knowledge in medical care and health care.
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