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Compassion and responsibility for disease: Trump, tragedy and mercy

Abstract:

Thinking about compassion helps to illuminate what is pernicious and beneficial about emphasizing personal responsibility for health. This article considers whether it is ‘compassionate’ to see someone’s disease as an embodiment of past faults. Two traditions, one Aristotelian-tragedic and the other Thomist and merciful, yield two ideas of compassion. The argument is that disease should not be conceived as something for which one is responsible in a way which risks the possibility of receivin...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1177/0040571X17740527

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Harris Manchester College
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Hordern, JWS
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Grant:
ISSF (105605/Z/14/Z)
Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Theology Journal website
Volume:
121
Issue:
2
Pages:
102-111
Publication date:
2018-02-23
Acceptance date:
2017-07-14
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EISSN:
2044-2696
ISSN:
0040-571X
Pubs id:
pubs:709740
URN:
uri:bf67dcb4-c195-4239-afa3-d64cf158e2cd
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uuid:bf67dcb4-c195-4239-afa3-d64cf158e2cd
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pubs:709740

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