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Abstract 摘要

Professor Xianglong Zhang’s paper challenges contemporary bioethical discourse by foregrounding questions that have been ignored by modern theorists. One of these questions is whether illness is “ethically neutral.” In my paper, I offer three distinct perspectives on this question. First, I frame the question of ethical neutrality by considering the meaning of illness. Second, I clarify the relationship between ethics and illness. Finally, I discuss the role of illness as a metaphor for aspects of our social and ethical lives. The behavior of the medical profession is commonly linked with moral obligations. There is good reason to believe that the metaphorical relationship between medicine and moral discipline reflects a core dimension of human nature and thus offers useful insights into Wang’s “ethical cure.”

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