McArdle, P. (2009). Levinas and responsibility for the other: A practical theological analysis of the cases of Nancy Crick and Terri Schiavo. Australian Ejournal of Theology,(13), 1-20. Australia: Australian Catholic University.
The cases discussed concern new situations in health care demonstrating the inadequacy of traditional bioethical models. I propose an analysis informed by Levinasian conceptions of the Other which yield a richer critique and do greater justice to a Christian vision of health care. The contribution of Levinas is three-fold: identifying features of cases that would normally go un-noticed or unexamined; highlighting relational perspectives in health care; and, prioritizing the Other in all ethical deliberations. These perspectives are vital in the construction of a practical theology of health care based on relationality.
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