Exploring Modern Virtue Ethics in the Context of Oral Healthcare


  • Hilde D Miniggio Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral Microbiology & Oral Biology, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2003-0306






Virtue ethics is established as one of the dominant ethical theories that has application for healthcare practice, including oral health. Attributed to the ancient Aristotelian concepts of living a deeply fulfilled life, virtue ethics draws attention first and foremost, to the significance of character traits, or virtues in the process of ethical decision-making. This focus on character, contrasts with duty-based ethical theories such as deontological ethics (with a primary concern on duties) the principles of biomedical ethics (with a central focus on the principles and the obligations derived from these) and consequentialist ethics (with a primary focus on the consequences of actions).1


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How to Cite

Miniggio, H. D. . (2022). Exploring Modern Virtue Ethics in the Context of Oral Healthcare. South African Dental Journal, 77(05), 306–309. https://doi.org/10.17159/2519-0105/2022/v77no5a9