Volume 1 – A Life in Clinical Philosophy: A Conversation with Richard M. Zaner

Volume 1: A Life in Clinical Philosophy: A Conversation with Richard M. ZanerHaving studied with and been mentored by Maurice Natanson, Alfred Schutz, Hans Jonas, Aron Gurwitsch, and Dorion Cairns, by the late 1960s, Richard M. Zaner, Ph.D., was internationally recognized as one of, if not the, preeminent American phenomenologist working in traditional, academic philosophy. A pioneer on the avant garde of phenomenology, in the early 1970s, at the invitation of Edmund Pellegrino, he began exploring issues in what was then the new field of Bioethics. Beginning in the early 1980s, through a series of articles and books, Zaner also began leaving his indelible mark on the emerging field of clinical ethics through two major efforts: First, he explored an original phenomenologically grounded account of both a method and a variety of practices for clinical ethics consultation. Second, he turned his attention to the power – and moral significance – of stories and of storytelling for understanding the range and depth of expression about what matters most in clinical encounters. This film is a conversation with Dick Zaner that traces his efforts and his own story about the ways that he came to pursue this work, and most importantly to those who might pursue similar efforts, what he learned along the way.