Global Mental Health: challenges for a global ethics

  • Fernando Lolas Professor, Psychiatric Clinic, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and Institute for International Relations, University of Chile

Abstract

This paper aims at presenting a perspective on a global ethics useful for conducting and evaluating research on global mental health. It includes the proposal of expanding the scope of “global” to include different aspects of cultural diversity and a plea for a “differential ethics” approach that accepts diversity and sociocultural determinants of health. The contention is advanced that ethics is a linguistic justification of moral norms based on customs, beliefs, and traditions. Besides its foundation on rational or religious beliefs, ethics should also be conceived of as a way of attaining human fulfillment of interests and expectations in the context of different forms of humanity.
Keywords global mental health, global ethics, differential ethics
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Published
2016-06-18