The Ethics of Diagnosis in the Modern and Contemporary Worlds

  • Agustín Albarracín
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 40)


Transformations that have taken place in the modern epoch have brought about a drastic change in the religiosity and fundamental beliefs of Europeans, including, of course, physicians. This change provoked in its turn a division between religious and civil duties. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, a progressive secularization occurred in which the stage of Christian modernity may be distinguished from that of secularized modernity. From the eighteenth century onwards, with the secularization of the modern world, a diversity of attitudes toward the duties imposed by medicine arose alongside the Christian ethics. New critical and revisionist attitudes towards ethics emerged, and with it the demand for a rational basis for morality. This essay explores the influences of these attitudes on medical ethics and points out how the notion of ethics changed as one moved from the sixteenth to the twentieth century ([2] pp. 241–247; [4], pp. 15–31).


Medical Ethic Contemporary World Christian Ethic Introductory Lecture Revisionist Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agustín Albarracín
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  1. 1.Centro de Estudios Históricos, C.S.I.C.MadridSpain

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