Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 365–370 | Cite as

The role of solidarity in social responsibility for health

  • Massimo ReichlinEmail author
Scientific Contribution


The Article focuses on the concept of social solidarity, as it is used in the Report of the International Bioethics Committee On Social Responsibility and Health. It is argued that solidarity plays a major role in supporting the whole framework of social responsibility, as presented by the IBC. Moreover, solidarity is not limited to members of particular groups, but potentially extended to all human beings on the basis of their inherent dignity; this sense of human solidarity is a necessary presupposition for a genuinely universalistic morality of justice and human rights.


Solidarity Justice Human rights Right to health care Collective responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyVita-Salute San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly

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