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Responsibilities for Health Care:Kantian Reflections

Williams, Garrath and Chadwick, Ruth (2012) Responsibilities for Health Care:Kantian Reflections. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 21 (2). pp. 155-165. ISSN 0963-1801

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Abstract

This paper explores some ways in which Immanuel Kant’s ethical theory can be brought to bear on professional and health care ethics. Health care professionals are not mere individuals acting upon their own ends. Rather, their principles of action must be defined in terms of participation in a cooperative endeavor. This generates complex questions as to how well their roles mesh with one another and whether they comprise a well-formed collective agent. We argue that Kant’s ethics therefore, and perhaps surprisingly, requires us to consider the institutions, procedures, and politics that decide who should play what part in a complex collective enterprise. Likewise, professional responsibility involves – alongside a readiness to play one’s individual part – a concern for these collective aspects of healthcare.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 50725
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2011 09:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50725

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