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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 41, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021

Conor M. Kelly
Pages 107-124

From Quandary Cases to Ordinary Life: New Opportunities to Connect Social Ethics and Health Care Ethics

In Christian bioethics, the call for a greater integration of social ethics and medical ethics is a popular refrain, yet lasting progress toward this goal has been elusive, in part due to the traditional emphasis on quandary cases in medical ethics. This article develops an alternative approach to moral discernment in health care, employing a theological interpretation of solidarity to promote greater social consciousness in ordinary health care decision making. This shifts the ethical analysis from abstract scenarios to everyday choices, elevating the moral significance of seemingly mundane concerns like antibiotic use and diet and exercise.

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