Ross Van Amburg; A Copernican Revolution in Clinical Ethics: Engagement Versus Disengagement. Am J Occup Ther 1997;51(3):186-190. doi: 10.5014/ajot.51.3.186.
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Spiritual fulfillment in the professional role of occupational therapy practitioner is hindered by the ethical consideration of maintaining an objective client–therapist relationship. Objectivity is a disengaged perspective that depersonalizes human relationships. It operates on the tacitly performed, reductionistic assumption that all truth can be structurally represented and verified. However, to obtain meaning from truth is to adequately interpret experience through dialogue. Meaningful experiences are hermeneutical in nature and require engaged, sympathetic relationships to be spiritually manifested.
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