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A Virtue-based Model for Medical Ethics and Practice in Edmund Pellegrino
A Virtue-based Model for Medical Ethics and Practice in Edmund Pellegrino

Author(s): Philemon Ayibo
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Psychology, History of Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Special Branches of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Religion and science , Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Clinical psychology
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: medical ethics; virtue ethics; principle-based ethics; medicine

Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with the resurgence of interest in virtue ethics in professional ethics, specifically as it applies to Edmund Daniel Pellegrino’s account in medical ethics. Pellegrino investigates in a clear manner the ethical problems of contemporary medicine from a virtue ethics point of view and offers a virtue-based ethic for medicine as an effective tool and a practical guide for confronting the challenges of modern medicine. His account builds on a thesis of the indispensability of virtuous character traits for a sound medical practice. Pellegrino’s virtue ethics offers a plausible and distinctive alternative to utilitarian and Kantian (principle-based) approaches to understanding and evaluating professional roles. It is hoped that our exploration of Pellegrino’s account will underline the place of a virtue ethics in medicine and stimulate a similar inquiry into social welfare, and into other forms of human professions and disciplines.

  • Issue Year: 29/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 20-30
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English