Family practice ethics : postmodern ethics for a postmodern discipline?
CITATION: Moodley, K. 2000. Family practice ethics: Postmodern ethics for a postmodern discipline? South African Family Practice, 22(2): 5-9.
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This paper is aimed at describing an ethics of Family Practice. ln order to achieve this, universal ethical theories and the four principles of ethics - autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice - are placed in perspective. The concepts of modernism and postmodernism are also introduced and explored. The principles of Family Medicine are examined within the context of postmodernism and a parallel is drawn. In keeping with this concept, the revival of virtue ethics is highlighted. In conclusion, a practically relevant approach to ethics is proposed as an ethical model for Family Practice, in which elements of pre-modern, modern and postmodern ethics are combined to complement one another and to form a relevant framework for the resolution of ethical dilemmas in family practice.