Marcelian charm in nursing practice: The unity of agape and eros as the foundation of an ethic of care

Pembroke, N (2006) Marcelian charm in nursing practice: The unity of agape and eros as the foundation of an ethic of care. Nursing Philosophy: an international journal for healthcare professionals, 7 4: 266-274. doi:10.1111/j.1466-769X.2006.00285.x


Author Pembroke, N
Title Marcelian charm in nursing practice: The unity of agape and eros as the foundation of an ethic of care
Journal name Nursing Philosophy: an international journal for healthcare professionals   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-7681
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2006.00285.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 266
End page 274
Total pages 9
Editor J Liaschenko
S Edwards
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Subject C1
440209 Philosophy of Religion
780199 Other
Abstract Abstract In the nursing literature, a number of qualities are associated with loving care. Reference is made to, among other things, humility, attentiveness, responsibility and duty, compassion, and tenderness. The author attempts to show that charm, in the Marcelian sense, also plays a central role. It is argued that the moral foundation of charm is a unity of agape and eros. An impartial giving of the self for others is clearly of fundamental importance in an ethic of care. Including charm in the discussion points to the fact that eros also plays a crucial role. Eros produces a passion for people and for life. It is a physical and spiritual energy that animates a person in all facets of her life, including her caring work.
Q-Index Code C1

 
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