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Love as a core value in veterinary and medical practice: Towards a humanimal clinical ethics?

Gallagher, Ann, Watson, Fraje and Fitzpatrick, Noel (2018) Love as a core value in veterinary and medical practice: Towards a humanimal clinical ethics? Clinical Ethics, 13 (1). pp. 1-8.

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This article represents the outcome of a dialogue between a vet and a healthcare ethicist on the theme of ‘love’ in professional life. We focus on four types or varieties of love (eros, agape, philia and storge) in relation to the professional care of humans and animals. We discuss the relevance of Fromm’s core elements of love (care, responsibility, respect and knowledge) and consider the implications of these for human and animal health care practice. We present and respond to five arguments that might be waged against embracing love as a professional value in veterinary and medical practice. We argue that a moderated love can and should be reclaimed as a contemporary professional value. It is most helpfully contextualised within virtue ethics or care ethics. We suggest that love is a rich starting point from which to launch an exploration of an interprofessional humanimal clinical ethics.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Watson, Fraje
Date : 1 March 2018
DOI : 10.1177/1477750917738110
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2019 by SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Veterinary practice; Medical practice; Love; Interprofessional; Clinical ethics; Humanimal ethics
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 03 Apr 2019 15:11
Last Modified : 03 Apr 2019 15:11

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