Recovering the Moral Sense of Health Care From Academic Reification

  • John R. ScudderJr.
  • Anne H. Bishop
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 31)


If health care is founded on the moral sense, as we argued in our article in Analecta Husserliana XX, “The Moral Sense and Health Care” (Scudder and Bishop, 1986), why is the moral sense not more evident in oral and written treatments of health care? We will attempt to answer that question, begged by our previous article, in which we argued in two ways that health care has a moral foundation. First, we used phenomenological descriptions of illness, of medical care, and of the meaning of care done by others to show that health care logically rests on the moral sense of fostering the physical and psychological well-being of persons. Second, from our own phenomenological study of fulfillment in nursing, we showed that the moral sense was inherent in the actual practice of nursing and that although not usually present in the language of nursing, it was presupposed as its foundation. The issue we will address, focusing on nursing, is: if the moral sense is foundational for health care, why is the moral sense so often absent from articulations of health care practice?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. ScudderJr.
    • 1
  • Anne H. Bishop
    • 1
  1. 1.Lynchburg CollegeVirginiaUSA

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