Bioethics and reciprocity in the acknowledgement of rights and duties


  • Raúl Villarroel Soto Universidad de Chile


From a hermeneutic perspective, this article analyzes the statute of medicine as a healing art, considering its particular technical characteristic and its differences with other technical knowledge that delivers goods. This difficulty is compounded by the eruption of technical implementations and moral changes of modernity, which threaten effective practice and places its essential identity at risk. Currently it is understood that Medicine is more than the mere application of techniques and specialized knowledge, and that all responsible medical interventions should adjust their definition to the complex and essentially multidimensional nature of human beings, which is not realized by mere technical explanations or techniques that attempt to envision its vastness and plurality.

Author Biography

Raúl Villarroel Soto, Universidad de Chile

Magíster en Bioética. Doctor en Filosofía. Director del Centro de Estudios de Ética Aplicada de la Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades, Universidad de Chile