Ethik in der Medizin 20 (1):40-52 (2007)

Bert Heinrichs
Universität Bonn
Case studies, both with a view to didactical and argumentative purposes, are widely used in applied ethics. However, case studies are often used without methodological considerations concerning the premises and limitations of these kind of studies as methodological tools within ethics. The present paper critically examines the recourse to – real or fictitious – case studies. Important suggestions will be taken from Kant’s philosophy. Kant himself occasionally uses case studies in his ethical writings. Yet, he also discusses the relevance as well as the limitations of case studies in ethics. Against the background of this analysis, the opinion that ethics can be taught or developed in concreto, or that ethics might eventually be resolved into compilations of case studies must be rejected.
Keywords Medicine & Public Health   Medicine/Public Health, general   Gynecology   Intensive / Critical Care Medicine   Psychotherapy   Reproductive Medicine
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DOI 10.1007/s00481-007-0534-2
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