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  1. Joan McCarthy (ed.) (2011). End-of-Life Care: Ethics and Law. Cork University Press.
     
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  2. Joan McCarthy (2010). Moral Instability: The Upsides for Nursing Practice. Nursing Philosophy 11 (2):127-135.
    This article briefly outlines some of the key problems with the way in which the moral realm has traditionally been understood and analysed. I propose two alternative views of what is morally interesting and applicable to nursing practice and I indicate that instability has its upsides. I begin with a moral tale – a 'Good Samaritan' story – which raises fairly usual questions about the nature of morality but also the more philosophically fundamental question about the relationship between subjectivity and (...)
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  3. Joan McCarthy & Rick Deady (2008). Moral Distress Reconsidered. Nursing Ethics 15 (2):254-262.
    Moral distress has received much attention in the international nursing literature in recent years. In this article, we describe the evolution of the concept of moral distress among nursing theorists from its initial delineation by the philosopher Jameton to its subsequent deployment as an umbrella concept describing the impact of moral constraints on health professionals and the patients for whom they care. The article raises worries about the way in which the concept of moral distress has been portrayed in some (...)
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  4. Joan McCarthy, Sharon Murphy & Mark Loughrey (2008). Gender and Power: The Irish Hysterectomy Scandal. Nursing Ethics 15 (5):643-655.
    In April 2004 the Irish Government commissioned Judge Maureen Harding Clark to compile a report to ascertain the rate of caesarean hysterectomies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland. The report came about as a result of complaints by midwives into questionable practices that were mainly (but not solely) attributed to one particular obstetrician. In this article we examine the findings of this Report through a feminist lens in order to explore what a feminist reading of (...)
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  5. Joan McCarthy (2007). Dennett and Ricoeur on the Narrative Self. Humanity Books.
    Why the narrative self? -- Contemporary interest in narrative theory -- Is the self real or illusory? -- Dennett's brand of naturalism -- The heterophenomenological method (HM) -- Consciousness and the self -- The naturalist narrative self -- Puzzle cases -- The HM and the narrative self -- The limitations of Dennett's account -- The limits of language -- Epistemological fragility -- Ontological fragility -- Naturalism and phenomenology -- Confronting naturalism -- Phenomenology and hermeneutics -- The detour of interpretation -- (...)
     
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  6. Joan McCarthy (2006). A Pluralist View of Nursing Ethics. Nursing Philosophy 7 (3):157-164.
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