LITERATURE, HISTORY AND THE HUMANIZATION OF BIOETHICS

Authors


Mr. Nathan Emmerich, Queen's University Belfast, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, The Institute of Governance, 63 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN, United Kingdom. Tel: 07986070896, Email: nemmerich01@qub.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

This paper considers the disciplines of literature and history and the contributions each makes to the discourse of bioethics. In each case I note the pedagogic ends that can be enacted though the appropriate use of the each of these disciplines in the sphere of medical education, particularly in the medical ethics classroom.1 I then explore the contribution that both these disciplines and their respective methodologies can and do bring to the academic field of bioethics. I conclude with a brief consideration of the relations between literature and history with particular attention to the possibilities for a future bioethics informed by history and literature after the empirical turn.

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