|Citation:||Hooker C, Macneill P. 2015. Literature. In: Have, H. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Springer International Publishing, 2016. ISBN 3319094823, 9783319094823. Published online: 24 Mar 2015, doi 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_274-1|
|Abstract:||Literature has been proposed as a means to enrich an understanding of ethical issues within medicine and health care and as a resource in medical education. Its proponents argue for the value of understanding human suffering, and the experience of health care, through literature, rather than solely through the more abstract and analytic philosophical methods of bioethics. Literature is claimed to serve as a corrective to the rational and individualist approaches of bioethics, by drawing attention to ‘our vulnerable and interdependent human existence.’ In this essay the history of a relationship between ethics and literature is discussed, along with more recent scholarship on the ethical relevance of literature, and research focusing on the constitution of ethics as literary form. It is apparent that literature, and especially futurist writing and science fiction, has an influence on the construction and understanding of ethical issues for both specialist practitioners and the lay public. It is concluded that literature enhances understanding of ethical issues in health care and research, and the manner in which it does so needs to be better understood through the skills of literary analysis as a necessary complement to bioethical analysis.|
|Description:||permission received from Sunaina Dadhwal, Reference Editorial Office, Springer, 18Dec14: postprint, 12 months embargo, credit line|
|Type of Work:||Book chapter|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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