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THE FUTURE OF BIOETHICS: THREE DOGMAS AND A CUP OF HEMLOCK

THE FUTURE OF BIOETHICS: THREE DOGMAS AND A CUP OF HEMLOCK ABSTRACT In this paper I argue that bioethics is in crisis and that it will not have a future unless it begins to embrace a more Socratic approach to its leading assumptions. The absence of a critical and sceptical spirit has resulted in little more than a dominant ideology. I focus on three key issues. First, that too often bioethics collapses into medical ethics. Second, that medical ethics itself is beset by a lack of self‐reflection that I characterize here as a commitment to three dogmas. Third, I offer a more positive perspective by suggesting how bioethics may benefit from looking towards public health ethics as a new source of inspiration and direction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bioethics Wiley

THE FUTURE OF BIOETHICS: THREE DOGMAS AND A CUP OF HEMLOCK

Bioethics , Volume 24 (5) – Jun 1, 2010

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN
0269-9702
eISSN
1467-8519
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8519.2010.01814.x
pmid
20500759
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Abstract

ABSTRACT In this paper I argue that bioethics is in crisis and that it will not have a future unless it begins to embrace a more Socratic approach to its leading assumptions. The absence of a critical and sceptical spirit has resulted in little more than a dominant ideology. I focus on three key issues. First, that too often bioethics collapses into medical ethics. Second, that medical ethics itself is beset by a lack of self‐reflection that I characterize here as a commitment to three dogmas. Third, I offer a more positive perspective by suggesting how bioethics may benefit from looking towards public health ethics as a new source of inspiration and direction.

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Published: Jun 1, 2010

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