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dc.contributor.authorDekker, Sidney WA
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:19:06Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:19:06Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.date.modified2011-05-30T06:56:27Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-4197
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10943-007-9118-1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/38870
dc.description.abstractIn dealing with inexplicable disaster, like the untimely death of a child in a hospital, we increasingly turn to the justice system for accountability and retribution. While seemingly sensible, criminalizing human error has a range of negative consequences. But it does offer "good" narratives of failure as the result of human fault-even at the cost of guilt. Such narratives allow us to pinpoint a cause: people made a rational choice to err and should be punished. This allows us to imagine ourselves in control over random, meaningless events. This paper traces Judeo-Christian roots of such regulative ideals in Western moral thinking, by examining the Genesis account of Eve and the Serpent, and St. Augustine's interpretation of it.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom571
dc.relation.ispartofpageto579
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Religion and Health
dc.relation.ispartofvolume46
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical Ethics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode220106
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.titleEve and the Serpent: A Rational Choice to Err
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorDekker, Sidney


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