Zorg en normativiteit: Een kijk vanuit het leuvense personalisme

Bijdragen 69 (4):443-469 (2008)
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In recent decades, care has played an increasingly crucial role in the self-understanding of the human being in the West. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the notion of care. One of the focal points of critics is the normativity of care. To what extent does care have an obligatory character? Only when the objective normative basis of care is sufficiently clarified, care practices can be evaluated and optimised from an ethical perspective. In this contribution we explain how the anthropology of personalism could bring us closer to the normative core of care. The paper starts with a general overview of the contribution of care ethics in healthcare and the problems in relation to the normativity of care. Thereafter, we set the viewpoints of the Louvain tradition of personalism apart en show that this view on the human person is in keeping with a few basic principles of care ethics. Next, we describe how a personalist approach to care ethics can indeed indicate in which direction action must be taken so that human action may be considered ethically sound



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