David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 18 (1):71-89 (1993)
Most contemporary accounts of clinical ethics do not explain why clinicians should be ethical. Those few that do attempt an explanation usually claim that clinicians should be ethical because ethical behavior provides an important good for the patient – better care. Both these approaches ignore the customary traditional reason for being ethical, namely, the good of the moral agent. This good was commonly called ‘happiness’. The following article shows how the personal happiness of the moral agent provided a major reason for being ethical in the ancient philosophical and biblical traditions and how it continues to play a role in the more modem rights-based, Kantian and utilitarian theories. This history suggests that the personal happiness of the clinician, rightly understood, is a legitimate and important goal of clinical ethics. Keywords: Christian ethics, clinical ethics, deontology, Greek ethics, happiness, rights, utilitarianism CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Jean-Christophe Weber (2012). Pleasure in Medical Practice. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 15 (2):153-164.
Similar books and articles
Jos V. M. Welie (1998). Clinical Ethics: Theory or Practice? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 19 (3):295-312.
Severin V. Kitanov (2011). Happiness in a Mechanistic Universe: Thomas Hobbes on the Nature and Attainability of Happiness. Hobbes Studies 24 (2):117-136.
Robert C. Solomon (2009). Morality and the Good Life: An Introduction to Ethics Through Classical Sources. Mcgraw-Hill Higher Education.
John Puma & David L. Schiedermayer (1991). The Clinical Ethicist at the Bedside. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 12 (2).
Fred Feldman (2010). What is This Thing Called Happiness? Oxford University Press.
Frans Svensson (2011). Happiness, Well-Being, and Their Relation to Virtue in Descartes' Ethics. Theoria 77 (3):238-260.
Julia Annas (1993). The Morality of Happiness. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2010-08-22
Total downloads20 ( #194,544 of 1,911,741 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #458,113 of 1,911,741 )
How can I increase my downloads?