Compassionate Respect: A Christian Feminist Approach to Medical Ethics

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Medical ethics has placed undue emphasis on the autonomy of patients while neglecting social contexts and responsibilities. The author proposes an ethic of caring arising from women's experience that embraces the concrete reality of patients as embodied persons. This ethic of caring is rooted in a Western spiritual tradition that believes in a God of mercy and so demands that we be merciful as well. The truly merciful heart (misericordia) is one that experiences compassion, but ...
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Overview

Medical ethics has placed undue emphasis on the autonomy of patients while neglecting social contexts and responsibilities. The author proposes an ethic of caring arising from women's experience that embraces the concrete reality of patients as embodied persons. This ethic of caring is rooted in a Western spiritual tradition that believes in a God of mercy and so demands that we be merciful as well. The truly merciful heart (misericordia) is one that experiences compassion, but also knows its requirements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809141159
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality , #2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,055,213
  • Product dimensions: 4.58 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
I The Problem
Beyond Compassion to What Compassion Requires 3
A Case in Point 6
Worldwide AIDS and Understandings of Sexuality 9
Worldwide AIDS and the Status of Women 13
Worldwide AIDS and Poverty 17
II The Theory
Medical Ethics and Its Discontents 22
Autonomy and Beneficence: Principles in Tension 24
Advent of an Ethic of Care 29
The Requirements of Care 32
Compassionate Respect 39
III Compassion Revisited
Religion and the Role of Compassion 45
The Philosophical Fortunes of Compassion 54
Be Merciful as God Is Merciful 66
Epilogue: Compassion and Paradox 80
Notes 83
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