Gadamerian dialogue in the patient-professional interaction
- Vilhjálmur Árnason
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In his seminal work, Truth and Method, theGerman philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer distinguishesbetween three types of what he calls the experience ofthe `Thou'. In this paper, Gadamer's analysis of thisexperience is explained in terms of his philosophicalhermeneutics and brought to bear upon thepatient-professional relationship. It is argued thatwhile Gadamer's analysis implies fruitful insights fora dialogical account of the patient-professionalinteraction, it harbours elements which are conduciveto paternalistic practice of medicine. The strongattribution of value to tradition and the respect forauthority emphasized in his theory result in a lack ofsensitivity for individual self-determination which isneeded for a successful account of thepatient-professional relationship.
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- Gadamerian dialogue in the patient-professional interaction
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
Volume 3, Issue 1 , pp 17-23
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- patient autonomy
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, University of Iceland, Main Building, Sudurgotu, IS-101, Reykjavik, Iceland