The overall theme of this volume is the understanding of human dignity, autonomy, and human rights in health care and social services in modern welfare states, with special reference to the Nordic countries. Focus is put on vulnerable groups such as children, individuals with cognitive impairment or mental illness, and persons with physical disabilities. Experts from different disciplines identify the ethical and legal dilemmas in modern welfare services and describe how basic values and/or rights come in conflict in concrete situations. Of particular interest is how the human rights perspective challenges the policies and regulations of modern welfare states while at the same time providing the overall normative direction for solving ethical, legal, and social conflicts or shortcomings. Although the human rights perspective is the most dominant, insights from philosophy and the social sciences provide both a necessary and fruitful supplement to the legal approach. The volume will be of interest for academics, researchers, and students in the field of health care ethics, human rights, and welfare state policies. It presents a challenging outlook on dilemmas that are characteristic for the modern welfare state in general, and for the Nordic countries in particular, and it will give the reader important insights and references for further studies.
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About the Author
António Barbosa da Silva was born on Cape Verde Islands. He pursued his academic studies in Portugal, Norway and Sweden. He is B.A., B.Theol and Theol. Dr. from The University of Uppsala 1982, with the thesis: “Phenomenology of Religion as a Philosophical Problem”, where he became Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Religion in 1983. From 1993 to 1995 he worked as an adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Sciences and Health Care Ethics at The Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden. From 1995 he is Professor of Philosophy of Sciences, Ethics, Mental Health and Systematic Theology in Norway. He is a highly estimated lecturer on the international circuit, and is the author of several works on the philosophy of religion, inter-religious dialogue, Jewish-Christian relation, cultural confrontation, Christian ethics, healthcare ethics, the philosophy of healthcare sciences, the theoretical foundations of qualitative methods and approaches, etc. He is now a emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology, Mental Health, and Health Care Ethics at Ansgar University College, Kristiansand, Norway. The editors (Henriette Sinding Aasen, Rune Halvorsen and António Barbosa da Silva) as well as the authors of the various chapters (António Barbosa da Silva, Henriette Sinding Aasen, Kirsten Sandberg, Marit Skivenes, Mette Hartlev, Salla Lötjönen, Bjørn Hvinden, Rune Halvorsen) are leading Nordic academics within their respective fields of research.