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    The significance of Emmanuel Levinas’ ethics of responsibility for medical judgment
    Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 25 (3): 327-332. 2022.
    At a time when the practice of medicine is subject to technical and biopolitical imperatives that give rise to defensive bioethics, it is essential to revitalize the ethical dimensions of care at the very heart of the clinic, in order to give new meaning to the moral responsibility that inhabits it. This contribution seeks to meet this challenge by drawing on the ethical resources of the work of Emmanuel Levinas. In Levinas’ view, ethical responsibility is the response to the injunction, the int…Read more
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    [The rebirth of Rudolf Virchow's biological thought, in the work of Ludwig Aschoff]
    Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 50 (4): 447-460. 1996.
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    Evaluation of clinical ethics support services and its normativity
    with Jan Schildmann, Bert Molewijk, Reidun Forde, and Gerald Neitzke
    Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (11): 681-685. 2013.
    Evaluation of clinical ethics support services (CESS) has attracted considerable interest in recent decades. However, few evaluation studies are explicit about normative presuppositions which underlie the goals and the research design of CESS evaluation. In this paper, we provide an account of normative premises of different approaches to CESS evaluation and argue that normativity should be a focus of considerations when designing and conducting evaluation research of CESS. In a first step, we p…Read more
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    Competence in Mental Health Care: A Hermeneutic Perspective (review)
    with Guy Widdershoven
    Health Care Analysis 12 (4): 295-306. 2004.
    In this paper we develop a hermeneutic approach to the concept of competence. Patient competence, according to a hermeneutic approach, is not primarily a matter of being able to reason, but of being able to interpret the world and respond to it. Capacity should then not be seen as theoretical, but as practical. From the perspective of practical rationality, competence and capacity are two sides of the same coin. If a person has the capacity to understand the world and give meaning to the situati…Read more