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A philosopher in the hospital, when philosophy comes to the bedside


Guillaume Durand is based in this book on a series of practical cases encountered during his consultations on clinical ethics. The philosopher explains how it is advisable to avoid “abstract generalities and prejudices” in order to reason “on a case-by-case basis”.

A philosopher in the hospital… Funny idea?

However, it does not date from yesterday:

"It was in North America that clinical ethics developed during the 1980s (...)"

, Guillaume Durand tells us.

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Lecturer in philosophy in Nantes, specialist in medical ethics and bioethics, he now heads the clinical ethics consultation of the Saint-Nazaire Hospital Center and the Mutualist Clinic of the Estuary.

After studies which had made him

"forget the real" a little

, he tells us how he

"woke up"

in contact with doctors and patients.

"I am a philosopher of eggs, blood and tears."

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Care, explains Guillaume Durand, is not limited to a diseased organ or even to the individual concerned.

Caring is

"taking care of the person"


"a multitude of desires, opinions and values"

, but it is also sometimes questioning

"the whole of society: the problem is not simply the catch. in charge or not ”

of singular requests, but

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Source: lefigaro

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