This chapter argues that policymakers can often more feasibly influence virtuous role behaviour by professionals by focussing on the governing conditions appropriate to, for example, doctor-patient relationships and lawyer-client relationships, than by attempting to discern practitioners— motives for their decisions and actions. In doing so, the chapter seeks to illuminate some connections between role virtues and professional-client relationships. The chapter develops an argument for why the nature of the professional relationships a doctor has with their patients—as, for example, therapeutic relationships or otherwise—can reveal the presence (or absence) of certain medical virtues in the doctor. This chapter thereby aims to encourage policymakers to think further about what it means to characterise a doctor-patient relationship, for example, as a therapeutic relationship.
|Title of host publication||Perspectives in Role Ethics|
|Subtitle of host publication||Virtuous, Reasons, and Obligations|
|Editors||Tim Dare, Christine Swanton|
|Place of Publication||New York NY USA|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|