The Principle and Problem of Proximity in Ethics
Journal of Medical Ethics 2008 March; 34(3): 156-161
The normative significance of proximity in ethics is considered, giving an overview of the contemporary debates about proximity in ethics and focusing on three main perspectives that take proximity to have normative significance. The first perspective is represented by meta-ethical positions, where a basic moral claim is said to originate from an irreducible, particular and unique otherness that shows up in human vulnerability. The second perspective presents a psychologically and philosophically based analysis of human emotions, which is taken to form a basis for rudimentary moral sensitivity and care. The third version of an ethics of proximity claims that personal relationships and partiality override impartialist and universalist ethical considerations. On the basis of this analysis, the sources of normativity and the essence of proximity as a normative consideration are elaborated. Finally, the relevance of an ethics of proximity to professional ethics in healthcare is discussed. From an ethics of proximity, it might be argued that institutions must attempt to organise medical care and nursing care so that a certain partiality and patient-centred care might be favoured and trump distributivist considerations of justice in healthcare.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Nordhaug, Marita; Nortvedt, Per (2011-03)This paper aims at addressing some questions considering the conflicting normative claims of partiality, i.e. to provide for the caring needs of the particular patient, and impartial claims of treating all patients with a ...
Nortvedt, P.; Pedersen, R.; Grøthe, K.H.; Nordhaug, M.; Kirkevold, M.; Slettebø, Å.; Brinchmann, B.S.; Andersen, B. (2008-05)BACKGROUND: Although fair distribution of healthcare services for older patients is an important challenge, qualitative research exploring clinicians' considerations in clinical prioritisation within this field is scarce. ...
Pedersen, R.; Nortvedt, P.; Nordhaug, M.; Slettebø, Å.; Grøthe, K.H.; Kirkevold, M.; Brinchmann, B.S.; Andersen, B. (2008-04)Background: A fair distribution of healthcare services for older patients is an important challenge, but qualitative research exploring clinicians? consideration in daily clinical prioritisation in healthcare services for ...