The main objective of this blog is to present updates of my PhD study to researchers following a similar vein, fellow academics, and the general public. This site shall offer a platform for accumulating various pieces of prose (from academic papers to random foibles within my consciousness) in convenient chronological order. I am a PhD candidate within the Department of Sociology & Philosophy in University College Cork, Ireland.
Essentially, my thesis pertains to the study of justice; how justice is articulated, challenged and democratically reconstructed on the basis of a reflexive negotiation between opposing interests. It will assess how reflexive justice on the ‘right to die’ is being explored in the Irish context. By opposing interests, I allude to actors who emerge from informal settings such as advocacy activist campaigners (some terminally ill) and those within civil society vehemently opposing such calls. Also, I will include interpretations emanating from formal landscapes such as legal-political spheres. By engaging with such actors, while also analysing transcripts of media interviews and
political debates, this study will assess how interpretations of the diagnostic dimension of what individual’s perceive as ‘abnormal justice’ which regulates calls for the right to die. These bring to bear a debate which advances a greater realisation of first order principles of justice i.e. autonomy, respect, dignity of those involved with this issue.
Along with conducting my PhD I also work as an auxiliary nurse. Duties include health provision assessment and practices – including palliative care. The correlative connection between this employment and my thesis topic centres on the allocation of particular ‘rights’. Subjective elements such as the issuing of respect, the right to personal autonomy, and the concept of dignity are all intrinsically contained within my working environment on a daily basis. This employment constantly makes me mindful of the fragility of these ‘rights’, especially concerning end-of-life care decisions and the need for clearer absolute legal provisions which my research will ultimately consider.