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Community as Healing: Pragmatist Ethics in Medical Encounters

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Beschreibung

Starting from the insights of classical American pragmatism, this book argues for a higher notion of the relationship between individuals and their communities. This newly enriched notion supports a more participatory engagement between physicians and patients which takes ethical medicine to be a community of healing enjoyed by health care professionals and those they care for.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Medicine, Ethics, and Classic American Philosophy Chapter 3 Principles and Pragmatism: Negative Considerations for Positive Beginnings Chapter 4 Autonomy as Consent: An All-Too-Passive Concept Chapter 5 Self as Situated Social Product: The Functionality of Narratives Chapter 6 Community as Healing Chapter 7 Epilogue

Portrait

D. Micah Hester is assistant professor of biomedical ethics at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.

Pressestimmen

Micah Hester storms onto the scene with one of the most important books to be published in the thirty-year history of bioethics. It is enough that Hester levels the most devastating critique of the superficial 'principles' of bioethics ever to be published. But he has also given us a better way of solving the problems that perplex families, clinicians, and scholars, a pragmatic theory of bioethics that draws deeply on John Dewey and William James. I cannot imagine a better book to revivify and inspire both bioethics and American philosophy at the turn of the century, and I have yet to read a better book on bioethics for a broad academic audience... -- Glenn McGee, University of Pennsylvania American Journal of Bioethics Hester takes John Dewey, William James, and G.H. Mead as his heroes. None of these or, apparently, anyone else, has developed a theory of medical ethics based on pragmatism. Hester begins to develop one. CHOICE In Community as Healing: Pragmatist Ethics in Medical Encounters, Micah Hester achieves the impossible - offering a book on bioethical methodology that combines critical virtuosity with accessibility for non-bioethicists. Emphasizing the teachings of pragmatist philosophers John Dewey, William James and George Herbert Mead, Community as Healing offers an elegant summary of the development and operation of personal intelligence, a scathing (if at times exaggerated) critique of bioethical principlism, and (best of all) a cogent and engaging prescription for cultivating communities of healing. This book is necessary reading for academic bioethicists who wish to keep abreast of the best and most innovative thinking in their field. Perhaps more importantly, it is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students of bioethics or American philosophy. Community as Healing is tightly argued, imminently readable, and breathtakingly original. Like the engaging, relevant treatises of philosophers past, Hester's book deserves to be read and pondered by professionals and lay persons alike. I commend it highly Journal of Speculative Philosophy Brings the most important themes in pragmatism to bear on issues surrounding the physician-patient relationship. In addition to being an excellent contribution to bioethics, it is also most timely: first, it serves to strengthen the emerging movement of pragmatic bioethics; and second it equally finds repose in a much larger movement in bioethics with attempts to replace the infuential principlism with a richer understanding of context and the communicative nature of both the individual and the community. Transactions Of The Charles S. Peirce Society Community as Healing is among the finest books on the methods of bioethics in recent years. Hester weaves together the best elements of narrative ethics and pragmatism to form an exciting synthesis. This is a must-read for all serious students of bioethical theory. -- Mark Kuczewski, Loyola University Chicago Micah Hester storms onto the scene with one of the most important books to be published in the thirty-year history of bioethics. It is enough that Hester levels the most devastating critique of the superficial 'principles' of bioethics ever to be published. But he has also given us a better way of solving the problems that perplex families, clinicians, and scholars, a pragmatic theory of bioethics that draws deeply on John Dewey and William James. I cannot imagine a better book to revivify and inspire both bioethics and American philosophy at the turn of the century, and I have yet to read a better book on bioethics for a broad academic audience. -- Glenn McGee, University of Pennsylvania American Journal of Bioethics
EAN: 9780742512184
ISBN: 0742512185
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD PUBL GROU
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2001
Seitenanzahl: 107 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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