Does bioethics exist

Leigh Turner

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Bioethicists disagree over methods, theories, decisionmaking guides, case analyses and public policies. Thirty years ago, the thinking of many scholars coalesced around a principlist approach to bioethics. That mid-level mode of moral reasoning is now one of many approaches to moral deliberation. Significant variation in contemporary approaches to the study of ethical issues related to medicine, biotechnology and health care raises the question of whether bioethics exists as widely shared method, theory, normative framework or mode of moral reasoning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)778-780
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


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