by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby
Last week I attended a talk by German philosopher Rainer Forst on “Toleration and Democracy”. Professor Forst, a student of Habarmas, was named “the most important political philosopher of his generation” in 2012. Forst began by noting the tension between toleration and democracy. On the one hand, democracy demands something more than mere tolerance of others and their perspectives—something more along the lines of recognition and respect. In this way, and paradoxically, every tolerance is a form of intolerance. As Goethe said, “To tolerate is to offend.” Yet on the other hand, democracy cannot get by without toleration.…
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Conference date: May 5 – 6, 2016.
Conference location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Abstract submission deadline: December 4, 2015.
Session Description: Contemporary end-of-life care is continually evolving since the emergence of palliative care in the 1960s. Various new actors, institutions, and discourses are entering the scene and remaking the field in unexpected ways. At the same time, scholars are paying increased attention to myriad ways in which end-of-life care is enacted, both within and outside of settings more typically associated with health care. Policy makers too are increasingly motivated to pay greater attention to end-of-life care due to the aging of the population and increased public interest.
For this session, we solicit papers that speak to the various contemporary experiences, changes, conflicts, and successes in the practice of end-of-life care in Canada and elsewhere, in clinical/hospital or other settings. While we welcome theoretical papers, we are primarily interested in papers that build upon empirical data that can make a unique contribution to the social study of end-of-life care.
The goal of the session is to have a productive interdisciplinary discussion on end-of-life care; as such, we welcome contributions not only from sociology but also from other social and health sciences disciplines such as nursing, education, bioethics, anthropology, geography, and others. Abstract should include objectives, background, methods, findings and conclusions.
We spend more for medical care in the United States than just about anywhere in the world, but it’s not because people in this country get admitted to the hospital and stay for long periods of time. Instead, we have … Continue reading →