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Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics: A Phenomenological Perspective

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Handbook of Bioethics

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The phenomenological orientation I have taken differs from the usual derivations of the ethics of medicine from the applications of existing moral philosophies to medical practice. It departs from the many current alternative ethical theories like narrative, casuistry, caring and principlism. Each of these, however, grasps some aspect of the life-world of doctor and patient. None is by itself sufficient as a philosophy or ethic of the clinical encounter. By bracketing these theories at the outset, the phenomenological orientation offers an alternative which may come closer to the thing in itself; namely, what medicine is as a human experience and a moral enterprise.

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Pellegrino, E.D. (2004). Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics: A Phenomenological Perspective. In: Khushf, G. (eds) Handbook of Bioethics. Philosophy and Medicine, vol 78. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-2127-5_9

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