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The restorative role of apology in resolving medical disputes: Lessons from Chinese legal culture

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Nuannuan Lin
This article is the first exploration of the Chinese notion of apology from a comparative legal perspective. By reviewing the significance of apology in the context of Chinese culture, the article presents a three-dimensional structure of apology that, in contrast to the understanding the research community now has, defines acknowledgement of fault, admission of responsibility, and offer of reparation as three essential elements of an apology. It is the combination of these three elements that enables apology to serve as a form of reparation. The article further places the three-dimensional apology in the context of the Chinese concept of "the relations of humanity," arguing that an apology accompanying admission of fault and responsibility may help to restore the harmony of relations and, by so doing, resolve medical disputes positively.

History

Journal

Journal of bioethical inquiry

Volume

12

Pagination

699 - 708

Publisher

Springer

Location

New York , N.Y.

eISSN

1176-7529

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Springer