Solidarity for Global Health
Bioethics, Vol. 26, No. 7, pp. ii-iv, 2012
Posted: 22 Aug 2012 Last revised: 29 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 21, 2012
This paper introduces a special issue of the journal Bioethics devoted to the exploration of the role of solidarity in health. Papers in the special issue include Solidarity in Contemporary Bioethics – Towards a New Approach by Barbara Prainsack and Alena Buyx; A Dialectic of Cooperation and Competition: Solidarity and Universal Health Care Provision by Samuel Butler; Family Solidarity and Informal Care: The Case of Care for People with Dementia by Ruud ter Meulen and Katherine Wright; Solidarity, Children and Research by Barry Lyons; Altruism or Solidarity? The Motives for Organ Donation and Two Proposals by Ben Saunders; and Global Solidarity, Migration and Global Health Inequality by Lisa Eckenwiler, Christine Straehle, and Ryoa Chung. After reviewing the included papers, the introduction highlights the critical issues that remain if solidarity is to provide a viable normative principle for the distribution of health resources and the analysis of a wide range of bioethical problems. The introduction points in particular to solidarity’s association with partiality as especially problematic, and asks whether solidarity can maintain its forcefulness and efficacy as a guiding principle in a global context if it were stripped of its partiality. Without answering the questions, the introduction presents the special issue as a forum for its illumination.
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