I will be giving my talk in the ‘Health Care’ series of seminars in medical ethics this month, on Wednesday 16th March, 4.30pm-6.00pm, Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 7, University of Sheffield
This paper will discuss K. E. Løgstrup’s conception of the ‘ethical demand’ and how it relates to issues in care ethics. According to Løgstrup, we are under a demand to ‘care for the other person in a way that best serves his or her interests’. This then suggests that Løgstrup’s ideas might connect to contemporary approaches to care ethics. However, the settings in which that ethics has often been used has been within institutional structures like hospitals; but Løgstrup appears to distinguish such institutions with their need for clear rules and procedures, from the ethical situation between individuals in which his demand seems to have its primary place. So does this mean Løgstrup has nothing to offer care ethics after all? I will argue that this is not the case, and that in fact it is precisely by highlighting this crucial difference between the ethical encounter between individuals and the ethical structures of institutions that his contribution is so important and insightful. No prior knowledge of Løgstrup or his ideas will be assumed in this talk.
For further information on the series, see here