David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Christian Bioethics 8 (2):175-198 (2002)
In the face of managed care and market economies infringing on the practice of medicine, reducing its autonomy and determining the moral guidelines for medical practice, many physicians are calling out for a return to what is perceived as a traditional medical ethic. Many religiously motivated critics of certain modern developments in medicine have made similar appeals. These calls are best understood as an attempt to define medicine as a practice that is necessarily ethical in nature, a practice the moral basis of which is internal to that practice. This article examines and assesses this definition of medicine in reference to Aristotle's division of human undertakings into three distinct categories: theory, poieisis (i.e., production), and praxis. It is concluded that medicine can be understood as a praxis (as opposed to a theory or production, both of which are morally neutral), because the practice of medicine, and all of its constitutive acts, can only be explained and assessed in reference to health, which is itself a final good and hence of moral value. Such an understanding would immunize medicine against usurpation by the free market. However, by the same token it would also dissociate medicine from all other moralities external to it, including those grounded in faith and religion
|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
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Howard Brody & Franklin G. Miller (1998). The Internal Morality of Medicine: Explication and Application to Managed Care. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 23 (4):384 – 410.
Franklin G. Miller & Howard Brody (2001). The Internal Morality of Medicine: An Evolutionary Perspective. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (6):581 – 599.
John D. Arras (2001). A Method in Search of a Purpose: The Internal Morality of Medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (6):643 – 662.
Edmund D. Pellegrino (2001). The Internal Morality of Clinical Medicine: A Paradigm for the Ethics of the Helping and Healing Professions. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (6):559 – 579.
Robert M. Veatch (2001). The Impossibility of a Morality Internal to Medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (6):621 – 642.
Gülriz Uygur (2008). The Relationship Between Law and Morality From the Internal Point of View. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 40:177-183.
Robert M. Veatch & Franklin G. Miller (2001). The Internal Morality of Medicine: An Introduction. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (6):555 – 557.
Stanley Hauerwas (1973). The Self as Story: Religion and Morality From the Agent's Perspective. Journal of Religious Ethics 1:73 - 85.
Kurt Keljo & Tom Christenson (2003). On the Relation of Morality and Religion: Two Lessons From James'sVarieties of Religious Experience. Journal of Moral Education 32 (4):385-396.
Tom L. Beauchamp (2001). Internal and External Standards for Medical Morality. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (6):601 – 619.
Keith Ward (2006/2007). Is Religion Dangerous? William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co..
M. Joseph Sirgy (2002). Measuring Corporate Performance by Building on the Stakeholders Model of Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 35 (3):143 - 162.
Donald M. Broom (2003). The Evolution of Morality and Religion. Cambridge University Press.
Jos V. M. Welie (1995). Viktor Emil Von Gebsattel on the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 16 (1).
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads4 ( #405,984 of 1,725,873 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #348,700 of 1,725,873 )
How can I increase my downloads?