The moral relevance of lived experience

As care ethics tries to value the particular bodily experience of patients and caregivers it is by no means very clear how to do so. Recently a book was published by Steven C. van den Heuvel et al., Theological ethics and moral value Phenomena (Routledge, 2018). You are welcome to read a sample: On the basis of an observation of a care scene in the complexity of a general hospital, Frans Vosman proposes to use political phenomenology to address those experiences. He criticizes bioethics for its abstraction of experience. As an alternative, he suggests discovering Gestalt-like figures in care scenes.

Read Frans Vosman’s contribution hereĀ 

approx. reading time: 75 min.

About the author: Frans Vosman

Frans Vosman

Prof.dr. Frans Vosman (1952) studied moral theology and philosophy at Nijmegen University and did a doctorate on economical ethics. He was engaged in medical ethics before he took interest in the ethics of care, at Tilburg University, where he was professor ethics of care. He now holds a chair ethics of care at the University of Humanistics, Utrecht. He is interested in combining conceptual and empirical ethics and in the fundamental political character of the ethics of care. Together with colleagues he does research in a general hospital about patients perspectives and with regard to people with an intellectual disability.

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