Clinical Ethics and the Necessity of Stories

Essays in Honor of Richard M. Zaner

  • Osborne P. Wiggins
  • Annette C. Allen

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 997)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Osborne P. Wiggins, Annette C. Allen
    Pages 1-13
  3. Richard M. Zaner
    Pages 15-25
  4. Robert Hunt Sprinkle
    Pages 71-85
  5. John R. Scudder Jr, Anne H. Bishop
    Pages 99-106
  6. Rita Charon
    Pages 165-183
  7. Richard M. Zaner
    Pages 193-210
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-214

About this book


This collection of articles honors the work of Richard Zaner, a distinguished philosopher who has worked for over twenty years as an ethics consultant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His work in the clinical setting, especially the use of narrative in understanding what is going on in this setting, is the focus of some of the papers. Others relate his methodology and phenomenological approach to the more standard bioethical problems and approaches. The essential questions: What is the role of the phenomenological philosopher turned medical ethicist? Is medical ethics a form of applied philosophy, or is it also a form of therapy? What kind of “ethics” emerges from a careful narrative rendering of clinical situations?


Ethical Histories Richard Zaner clinical medical practice phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • Osborne P. Wiggins
    • 1
  • Annette C. Allen
    • 2
  1. 1.LouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.LouisvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9189-5
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9190-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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