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Title: Revising the so-called Western Universalism in Medical Ethics Education ― a New Moral Thinking Based on Japanese Realities ―
Authors: Morishita, Naoki
Keywords: medical ethics
ethics education
moral thinking
Western values
universalism
Japanese society
Issue Date: 29-Mar-2002
Citation: 浜松医科大学紀要(一般教育) 第16号 p.1-8
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to examine the strong tendency to regard the Western values of human fundamental rights as universal over and above any other cultural values. This tendency is often found in medical ethics education as well as in philosophical controversy in general. In this paper, I will examine this issue within the framework of my own theory of moral thinking based on evolving Japanese realities. In Japanese society today, I feel the need to recreate a certain common platform for discussing the moral dilemma concerning issues of life and death. In order to recreate it, there must be a certain common background for discussing what the concept of the good life can be defined as, and further what the greatest common ground is for discussing the meaning of life and death. I believe such grounds can be found in the "domain specific value" being immanent in social relationships, and the "invisible universal value" for every individual being. In conclusion, I believe these new common and global values should be substituted for Western values advocating universalism and antagonistic tendencies. A deeper understanding of Western values can be achieved though thinking this way.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10271/238
ISSN: 0914-0174
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