Norms in and between the philosophical ivory tower and public health practice: A heuristic model of translational ethics

South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH)

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Title Norms in and between the philosophical ivory tower and public health practice: A heuristic model of translational ethics
 
Creator Schröder-Bäck, Peter
van Duin, Claire
Brall, Caroline
Scholtes, Beatrice
Tahzib, Farhang
Maeckelberghe, Els
 
Subject ethics
practice
public health
theory
translation.
 
Description This paper draws attention to the translation of ethical norms between the theoretical discourses of philosophers and practical discourses in public health. It is suggested that five levels can be identified describing categories of a transferral process of ethical norms – a process we will refer hereto as “translational ethics”. The aim of the described process is to generate understanding regarding how ethical norms come into public health policy documents and are eventually referred to in practice. Categorizing several levels can show how ethical-philosophical concepts such as norms are transforming in meaning and scope. By subdividing the model to five levels, it is suggested that ethical concepts reduce their “content thickness” and complexity and trade this in for practicability and potential consensus in public health discourses from level to level. The model presented here is illustrated by showing how the philosophical-ethical terms “autonomy”, “dignity”, and “justice” are used at different levels of the translation process, from Kant’s and Rawls’ theories (level 1) to, in this example, WHO reports and communications (levels 4 and 5). A central role is seen for what is called “applied ethics” (level 3). 
 
Publisher Jacobs Verlag
 
Date 2019-04-16
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://www.seejph.com/index.php/seejph/article/view/1882
10.4119/seejph-1882
 
Source South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH); Volume XI, 2019
South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH); Volume XI, 2019
2197-5248
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://www.seejph.com/index.php/seejph/article/view/1882/1802
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Peter Schröder-Bäck, Claire van Duin, Caroline Brall, Beatrice Scholtes, Farhang Tahzib, Els Maeckelberghe
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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