Studies in Christian Ethics 30 (1):83-99 (2017)

Bharat Ranganathan
University of Notre Dame
In The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, Jeffrey Bishop argues that contemporary medicine has (among other things) reduced the patient from a ‘subject’ to an ‘object’. He extends this charge to all corners of contemporary medicine. But in his book’s concluding chapter, ‘Anticipating Life’, he turns toward a constructive proposal, asking, in closing, ‘[m]ight it not be that only theology can save medicine?’ Toward answering Bishop’s query, I turn to the thought of Paul Ramsey. Ramsey is helpful because, in thinking through and responding to contemporary moral dilemmas, he begins with his theological commitments and thereby may avoid the reductive tendencies that Bishop argues affect contemporary medicine. Specifically, Ramsey’s account of the ‘patient as person’, I will argue, delimits what the medical endeavor may do and might offer resources to help save medicine.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0953946816674152
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 55,968
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Diagnosis and Therapy in The Anticipatory Corpse: A Second Opinion.Brett McCarty - 2016 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41 (6):621-641.
From the Anticipatory Corpse to the Participatory Body.M. Therese Lysaught - 2016 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41 (6):585-596.
Beyond The Anticipatory Corpse—Future Perspectives for Bioethics.Hille Haker - 2016 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41 (6):597-620.
Ethical Challenges in Critical Care Medicine: A Chinese Perspective.Yali Cong - 1998 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 23 (6):581 – 600.


Added to PP index

Total views
9 ( #886,078 of 2,403,328 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #551,892 of 2,403,328 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes