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Phenomenology
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8973-8591
2014 (English)In: The Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics / [ed] ten Have, Henk, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, 1-10 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Phenomenology is a research tradition in German and French philosophy which has had an influence in many other fields and disciplines, recently also in medicine and nursing. The main idea of phenomenology is to study the structure and content of lived experience from the first-person perspective. This chapter provides an overview of three different ways in which phenomenology has proved useful as a method and inspiration for bioethics so far and how it could do so in the future. Phenomenological bioethics can be carried out either as an integrated part of, or as a critical perspective on, principle-based bioethics. Phenomenology can be used either to inform the application of principles by way of describing the experiences of moral dilemmas, or to criticise the contemporary set-up of bioethics and offer alternative approaches. The critical alternatives may be more or less radical in nature: offering alternative principles or abandoning the idea of application altogether. Phenomenological bioethics may also be viewed as an attempt to strengthen and thicken the philosophical anthropology implicitly present in contemporary bioethical studies by focusing on themes such as body, psyche, life, death, authenticity, suffering, vulnerability, empathy, compassion, integrity, dialogue, gift, and responsibility.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer, 2014. 1-10 p.
Keyword [en]
Phenomenology, embodiment, empathy, lived experience, life world, authenticity, responsibility, narrative, philosophical anthropology
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Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26417DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_337-1Local ID: 726/3.1.1/2014ISBN: 978-3-319-05544-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26417DiVA: diva2:789222
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The Phenomenology of Suffering in Bioethics: Baltic Explorations
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 726/3.1.1/2014
Available from: 2015-02-18 Created: 2015-02-18 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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