Ethical Visions for the Development of Patient Care in the Health Care Practice


  • Richard Moreno Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, USA
  • Cristinel Stefanescu "Gr.T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, Romania
  • Beatrice Ioan "Gr.T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, Romania
  • Mariana Cuceu The University of Chicago, USA



Ethics, Levinas, Health-Medical Care, Patient Care, Patristics, Philosophy


This article will propose an ethical prospective of the reality of the human person that shapes and defines culture, society, business, politics and the interpersonal engagements that lay the foundations of all the above through the work and insights of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. Second, we will use this Levinasian foundation of thought to offer a deeper understanding of health care and the medical ethical practice within the particular issue of patient centered care. Third we will look at a Patristic Christian understanding of the human person that both fits within and uniquely expends and integrates with the Levinasian foundation development. This work in total allows us to produce a vision of an ethical culture and foundation through Levinas that can be both used in a general practical application and in the area of medical care. It will also be shown that its foundation can be built upon by other cultures to address same practical realities of medical care with their own unique methods and forms while remaining consistent with the foundation of Levinas’ thinking.