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Dignity as honour-wound: an experiential and relational view.

Galvin, K. T. and Todres, L., 2014. Dignity as honour-wound: an experiential and relational view. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 21 (3), 410 - 418.

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DOI: 10.1111/jep.12278


In this paper, we draw on a phenomenological-philosophical foundation to clarify the meaning of dignity as a coherent phenomenon. Consistent with an evocation of its central meanings, we then introduce and delineate seven kinds of dignity that are intertwined and interrelated. We illustrate how these kinds of dignity can provide a useful template to think about its qualities, its 'rupture' and its 'restoration' in human life, particularly in relation to health and social care contexts. We then consider the implications of these relational and experiential views for current debates about the notion of dignity: Is dignity a useless concept? Is dignity objective or subjective? What are the useful ways of characterizing different varieties of dignity? We conclude by pointing to a metaphor that may hold the sense and meaning of our deepest human dignity: The gathering of both value and vulnerability, in which human value does not depend on the eradication of human vulnerability, but occurs within its very context.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Heidegger ; Husserl ; caring, caring science ; dignity ; ethics of care ; existential theory ; health ; lifeworld ; medical humanities ; phenomenology ; philosophy ; wellbeing ; Ethics, Medical ; Ethics, Nursing ; Humans ; Metaphysics ; Models, Theoretical ; Nurse-Patient Relations ; Nursing Methodology Research ; Personhood ; Philosophy, Medical ; Professional-Patient Relations
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32650
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Aug 2019 10:37
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:17


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