A window into Richard M. Zaner's clinical ethics

This essay introduces a thematic issue focused on the contributions to clinical ethics and the philosophy of medicine by Richard M. Zaner. We consider the apparent divorce of Zaners philosophical roots from his recent narrative immersions into the blooming, buzzing confusions of clinical-moral lifeworlds. Our considerations of the Zanerian context and origins of the clinical encounter introduce the fundamental questions faced by Zaner and his commentators in this issue, questions about the role of ethics consultants, moral authority, and clinical truths.
Keywords clinical encounter  clinical ethics  context  lifeworld  phenomenology  Richard Zaner
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DOI 10.1007/s11017-004-4801-7
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