Richard Zaner’s “Troubled” Voice In Troubled Voices: Poseur, Posing, Possibilizing?
Cite this article as: Bliton, M.J. Theor Med Bioeth (2005) 26: 25. doi:10.1007/s11017-004-4803-5 Abstract
This essay considers Richard Zaner’s storytelling in
Troubled Voices as a form of possibilizing which uses the stories to exemplify important moral themes such as contingency and freedom. Distinguishing between activities of moral discovery through the telling of a story and “posing” in the sense of writing to tell the “moral” of the story, I suggest that something crucial goes on for Zaner in his own tellings. Several of the more insistent implications Zaner reveals about the moral relationships encountered in the activity of clinical ethics consultation are examined in that light, especially regarding this question: is it more beneficial, or harmful, to articulate elements of core meanings and values that are entailed in individual viewpoints, which, prior to an ethics consultant’s participation, may have remained unspoken and possibly unacknowledged? Keywords clinical ethics moral experience moral imagination narrative responsibility References Agee, J., Evans, W. 1939Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Houghton Mifflin Co. New York Google Scholar Bliton, M.J., Finder, S.G. 1999 Strange, But Not Stranger: The Peculiar Visage of Philosophy in Clinical Ethics Consultation Human Studies 22 69 71 Google Scholar Husserl, E. 1970The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy. Northwestern University Press Evanston, IL Google Scholar Kestenbaum, V. 1998 Like Faintly shifting Leaves. . . Human Studies 21 57 62 Google Scholar Natanson, M 1986Anonymity: A Study in the Philosophy of Alfred Schütz. Indiana University Press Bloomington Google Scholar Nietzsche, F. 1966Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Viking Penguin New York Google Scholar
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