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The phenomenological ethics of K. E. Løgstrup – a resource for health care ethics and philosophy?

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Abstract

This paper gives a presentation and critical assessment of the phenomenological philosophy and ethics of the Danish theologian and philosopher K. E. Løgstrup (1905–1981). It is argued that although the ethics of Løgstrup contain valuable insights, an uncritical appropriation as the main source for a health care ethics or a philosophy of caring, is problematic. Løgstrup's philosophy contains a number of internal problems, and does not adequately deal with some problems raised by work in the modern health care setting.
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Keywords: closeness; ethics of care; health care ethics; phenomenology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2001

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