Why Clinical Ethicists Are Not Activists

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Activism is rare among clinical ethicists because the position of ethics consultant is constructed in a way that makes activism very difficult. Clinical ethicists have little formal power and few job protections; they work in organizations in which dissent is discouraged if not punished; and as institutional insiders, they often become blind to the injustices that outsiders protest against.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-37
Number of pages2
JournalHastings Center Report
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

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  • activism
  • clinical ethics
  • whistleblowing

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  • Comment


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