Towards an ethics of immediacy. A defense of a noncontractual foundation of the care giver-patient relationship.

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Abstract

In this article, I argue that the relationship between patients and their health care providers need not be construed as a contract between moral strangers. Contrary to the (American) legal presumption that health care providers are not obligated to assist others in need unless the latter are already contracted patients of record, I submit that the presence of a suffering human being constitutes an immediate moral commandment to try to relieve such suffering. This thesis is developed in reference to the French philosopher Levinas and the Dutch theologian Schillebeeckx. An expanded version of the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan serves as test case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalMedicine, Healthcare and Philosophy
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

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patient care
Health Personnel
Caregivers
moral philosophy
health care
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Contracts
Psychological Stress
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Immediacy
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Samaritans
Presumption
French philosopher
Theologians
Emmanuel Levinas
Parables
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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