Category Archives: Spotlight

The wisdom of being ready (without necessarily giving up)

In the Netherlands a much debated issue is whether or not people who consider their life ‘to be completed’ should be able to get assistance in ending it. The concept ‘completed life’ is the central concept of a discourse that aims to make this a matter of Dutch legislation. Continue reading The wisdom of being ready (without necessarily giving up)

The Netherlands, a tiny country in disarray

The Netherlands could easily act as a dissolver of parliamentary democracy.
Elections in Europe: episode 1, The Netherlands.
On March 15, 2017, Dutch voters come to the polls to elect a new parliament. Dutch care ethicist Frans Vosman gives his view on the political situation of this tiny unruly country. Continue reading The Netherlands, a tiny country in disarray

Empirically grounded ethics of care

Ethics of care – with its emphasis on care instead of fairness, relationships instead of rules, conflicting responsibilities instead of competing rights, contextual and narrative thinking instead of formal and abstract thinking – originates in the empirical research of Carol Gilligan and her co-workers. Continue reading Empirically grounded ethics of care

Interdependence revised: co-creation as new pathway

Persons who depend to a large degree on daily care from others, like residents of a nursing home, are at great risk of being hurt in their uniqueness. One important source for reducing this risk to a minimum offers nurses’ daily and concrete care. That care can preserve someone’s identity. If so, nurses’ care can be described as preservative care. Continue reading Interdependence revised: co-creation as new pathway