Lecture on Co-responsibility

Date: Thursday October, 9, 2014  @KULeuven. Conference on 'Justice and Priority Setting in Health Care'

My abstract:

In analogy with the way philosophers as Martin Heidegger and Jean-Luc Nancy describe human existence as co-existence, I want to explore a broad understanding of responsibility and call it ‘co-responsibility’. Since the discussion on whether responsibility for health is individual or social goes on for a few decades now, it might be interesting to reframe the starting point of this debate in healthcare out of this horizon of co-existence and co-responsibility. Since today’s health care discourse is deeply characterized by what I call ‘binary thinking’, thinking starting from concepts which seem to be their opposites: freedom versus paternalism, autonomy versus heteronomy, choice versus circumstances, individual responsibility versus social responsibility.


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