Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 347–355

Social contract theory as a foundation of the social responsibilities of health professionals

Authors

    • Professor of Health Care EthicsCenter for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University
Scientific Contribution

DOI: 10.1007/s11019-011-9355-7

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Welie, J.V.M. Med Health Care and Philos (2012) 15: 347. doi:10.1007/s11019-011-9355-7
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Abstract

This paper seeks to define and delimit the scope of the social responsibilities of health professionals in reference to the concept of a social contract. While drawing on both historical data and current empirical information, this paper will primarily proceed analytically and examine the theoretical feasibility of deriving social responsibilities from the phenomenon of professionalism via the concept of a social contract.

Keywords

EthicsHealth careProfessionProfessionalismProfessional ethicsSocial contractSocial responsibilities

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