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Vulnerability and care: Christian reflections on the philosophy of medicine

Sloane, Andrew (2016) Vulnerability and care: Christian reflections on the philosophy of medicine. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, London. 215pp. ISBN 9780567409775

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Abstract

Medical and bioethical issues have spawned a great deal of debate in both public and academic contexts. Little has been done, however, to engage with the underlying issues of the nature of medicine and its role in human community. This book seeks to fill that gap by providing Christian philosophical and theological reflections on the nature and purposes of medicine and its role in a Christian understanding of human society.

The book provides two main 'doorways' into a Christian philosophical theology of medicine. First it presents a brief description of the contexts in which medicine is practiced in the early 21st century, identifying key problems and challenges that medicine must address. It then turns to issues in contemporary bioethics, demonstrating how the debate is rooted in conflicting visions of the nature of medicine (and so human existence). This leads to a discussion of some of the philosophical and theological resources currently available for those who would reflect 'Christianly' on medicine. The heart of the book consists of an articulation of a Christian understanding of medicine as both a scholarly and a social practice, articulating the philosophical-theological framework which informs this perspective. It fleshes out features of medicine as an inherently moral practice, one informed by a Christian social vision and shaped by key theological commitments. The book closes by returning to the issues relating to the context of medicine and bioethics with which it opened, demonstrating how a Christian philosophical-theology of medicine informs and enriches those discussions.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Vulnerability, care, Christian reflections, philosophy of medicine
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): D - Pastoral Studies
Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 15:28
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 15:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2295

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