Journal Article

Philosophy, Literature, and Ethics: Let the Engagement Begin

K. Danner Clouser

in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine

Published on behalf of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc.

Volume 21, issue 3, pages 321-340
Published in print June 1996 | ISSN: 0360-5310
e-ISSN: 1744-5019 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmp/21.3.321
Philosophy, Literature, and Ethics: Let the Engagement Begin

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The goal is to isolate points of philosophical interest in the preceding articles on narrative medical ethics in order to focus subsequent dialogue between the two disciplines. Ethics is an enterprise that has over the centuries developed a somewhat malleable structure, comprising characteristics, methods, lines of reasoning, rules, principles, assumptions, and arguments. This structure provides the framework within which many disciplines contribute to ethics through the exercise of their particular interests, skills, and methods. Challenging or changing the structural components requires arguments of a traditional sort appropriate to the discipline of ethics. Three tenets are proposed as comprising the “received view” or credo of the literature and ethics movement. Each is examined. Then the individual articles in this issue are explored to the end of ferreting out points that would be fruitful points of discussion between philosophy and literature folks pursuing their mutual interest in ethics.

Keywords: literature and ethics; narrative ethics; narrative medical ethics; philosophy; literature; ethics

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Medical Ethics ; Bioethics ; Public Policy

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