Ethics, culture and relativism: Some reflections on teaching medical ethics in Sri Lanka.February 9, 2016, 5:59 pm
By S. N. Arseculeratne, R. Simpson, P. D. Premasiri, P. V. R. Kumarasiri
This paper is the first of two that set out to explore issues that arise at the interface between globalised systems of biomedicine and bioethics on the one hand and non-western traditions of medicine, healing and ethics on the other. At this interface, fundamental questions of relativism and context are in evidence. Here we offer a preliminary overview of these questions in relation to medical education in Sri Lanka and attempts by local scholars to develop curricula that incorporate indigenous traditions in ways that are both appropriate and realistic. In the paper, we argue for approaches that go beyond simply accumulating and juxtaposing knowledge of different traditions.