Online Forums Can Alleviate the Care Crisis

Journal of Philosophical Investigations 16 (41):174-188 (2022)
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According to the care crisis in modern medicine, the existential needs of patients are not sufficiently satisfied. One idea is that to address the crisis physicians should be educated to be virtuous. This suggestion is helpful but incomplete. It does not take into account the part of (non-)human factors, including (medical) technologies. In particular, the paper focuses on online caring forums and argues that they are technological factors that can play the role of focal things, in which the members gather together to do a care-related focal practice. Furthermore, we empirically study the online forums of Ninisite, a popular Persian website on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, and suggest that these forums shape focal practices that are helpful in alleviating the care crisis.

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Mahdi Khalili
University of Bern
Saeedeh Babaii
International Center for Ethics In The Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

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