Ethics in Care

Our aim is to raise awareness and to stimulate reflection and debate on topics related to ethics and care.

Visiting Hiroshima: From Suffering to Serenity

At 8.15am on the 6th August, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It exploded 600 metres in the air over Shima hospital, destroying everything below. The Atomic Bomb Dome (below) is the first thing you see when you step off the tram at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. It was 15o metres from Shima hospital. . Over 140,000 people were killed from […]

Punctuality, Hospitality and a Significant Decision

This week has been eventful with a Royal wedding in England, yet another fatal school shooting in the USA,  much media attention to the forthcoming abortion referendum in Ireland and news of the stepping down of the Chief Executive of the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. Meanwhile, all is calm in Yamashina. Yamashina is a ward of Kyoto city where I am staying for the […]

Ethics and Elder Care: Directions of Travel?

A story I recall from my youth is that of a tourist who stopped her car in a rural part of Donegal to ask directions of a local man. The tourist asked: ‘How do I get from here to Buncrana?’ The local man replied: ‘Well, I wouldn’t start from here’. Sometimes in our practice, it […]

Xiamen, Care and Perceptions of Filial Piety

This week I’ve had opportunities to learn more about Xiamen University, about the city and about a core Chinese virtue related to care: filial piety. Some questions will follow on that theme… I attended a fascinating class, given by Dr Emily Yu Zong, on ‘Racial Melancholia’. The class was part of a humanities course on ‘Happiness’ […]

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