On Universal and Particular: Guidance Seeking via Human Rights and Ethics Facilitating
Given the conundrum of situational immanence and universal principles regarding possibility for a global long-term care ethic, this essay unfolds in three parts. First, the author outlines Professors Tony Hope and Michael Dunn’s rich contributions towards a possible moral basis for global long-term care ethics, particularly among demented elderly. This includes acknowledging meanings of “health” beyond conventional biomedical models and focusing on typical day-to-day issues in long-term care. Second and third parts are intertwined, addressing questions of guidance-seeking on universal and particular levels. The author challenges whether appeals to human rights, for instance when petitioning the arguable notion of “human dignity,” can be a feasible ground for a universal global ethics. The author then raises concerns about guidance-seeking within the context of individual ethics facilitation. These reservations involve more precisely delineating the important distinction between ethics facilitating and ethics consulting, and more problematically, whether ethics facilitating can and should remain neutral.
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