Stories and Their Limits: Narrative Approaches to Bioethics

Stories and Their Limits: Narrative Approaches to Bioethics

by Hilde Lindemann Nelson
     
 

Narratives have always played a prominent role in both bioethics and medicine; the fields have attracted much storytelling, ranging from great literature to humbler stories of sickness and personal histories. And all bioethicists work with cases--from court cases that

shape policy matters to case studies that chronicle sickness. But how useful are these various

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Overview

Narratives have always played a prominent role in both bioethics and medicine; the fields have attracted much storytelling, ranging from great literature to humbler stories of sickness and personal histories. And all bioethicists work with cases--from court cases that

shape policy matters to case studies that chronicle sickness. But how useful are these various narratives for sorting out moral matters? What kind of ethical work can stories do--and what are the limits to this work? The new essays in Stories and Their Limits offer

insightful reflections on the relationship between narratives and ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415919098
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/29/1997
Series:
Reflective Bioethics Series
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Do Things with Stories
ITelling the Patient's Story
1What Do We Mean by "Narrative Ethics?"3
2Who Gets to Tell the Story? Narrative in Postmodern Bioethics18
3Enacting Illness Stories: When, What, and Why31
4Autobiography, Biography, and Narrative Ethics50
5Nice Story, But So What? Narrative and Justification in Ethics65
IIReading Narratives of Illness
6The Ethical Dimensions of Literature: Henry James's The Wings of the Dove91
7Film and Narrative in Bioethics: Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru113
8Perplexed about Narrative Ethics123
9Bioethics' Consensus on Method: Who Could Ask for Anything More?134
IIILiterary Criticism in the Clinic
10Medical Ethics and the Epiphanic Dimension of Narrative153
11What to Expect from an Ethics Case (and What It Expects from You)171
12Narrative Competence185
13Toward a Bioethics for the Twenty-First Century: A Ricoeurian Poststructuralist Narrative Hermeneutic Approach to Informed Consent198
IVNarratives Invoked
14Aphorisms, Maxims, and Old Saws: Narrative Rationality and the Negotiation of Clinical Choice215
15The Moral of the Story232
16Medical Humanities: Pyramids and Rhomboids in the Rationalist World of Medicine238
17Narrative(s) Versus Norm(s): A Misplaced Debate in Bioethics252
Contributors273
Index277

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