Levinas and responsibility for the other: A practical theological analysis of the cases of Nancy Crick and Terri Schiavo

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McArdle, Patrick. (2009) Levinas and responsibility for the other: A practical theological analysis of the cases of Nancy Crick and Terri Schiavo. Australian Ejournal of Theology.
AuthorsMcArdle, Patrick
Abstract

The cases discussed concern new situations in health care demonstrating the inadequacy of traditional bioethical models. I propose an analysis informed by Levinasian conceptions of the Other which yield a richer critique and do greater justice to a Christian vision of health care. The contribution of Levinas is three-fold: identifying features of cases that would normally go un-noticed or unexamined; highlighting relational perspectives in health care; and, prioritizing the Other in all ethical deliberations. These perspectives are vital in the construction of a practical theology of health care based on relationality.

Year2009
JournalAustralian Ejournal of Theology
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
ISSN1448-6326
Open accessOpen access
Page range1 - 20
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Place of publicationAustralia
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