Levinas and responsibility for the other: A practical theological analysis of the cases of Nancy Crick and Terri Schiavo
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.
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.
|Journal||Australian Ejournal of Theology|
|Publisher||Australian Catholic University|
|Open access||Open access|
|Page range||1 - 20|
|Place of publication||Australia|
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