Methodological Concerns in Bioethics
McCullough, Laurence B.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1986 Feb; 11(1): 17-37.
A philosopher examines current methodologies in bioethics/medical ethics and how well each is suited to furthering scholarship in the field. Among the topics he discusses are the two major methodologies that have dominated bioethics and medical ethics; medical ethics and bioethics in a secular, pluralistic society; "federal" ethics, where consensus on ethical issues is arrived at by government-appointed committees; and the implications of philosophy-based bioethics for medical schools and academic medical centers and the liberal arts universities that sponsor them. McCullough pays particular attention to the differences between a theory-driven methodology that is grounded in philosophical ethics and that treats medical ethics as a subset of bioethics, and a methodology that is rooted in medicine and its traditions, that is focused on the role-specific obligations of physicians, and that regards medical ethics as a branch of professional ethics. (KIE abstract)
Academic Medical Centers; Advisory Committees; Autonomy; Beneficence; Bioethics; Consensus; Education; Ethical Analysis; Ethical Theory; Ethics; Government; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Medical Schools; Medicine; Methods; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Newborns; Personhood; Philosophy; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Professional Ethics; Public Policy; Review; Schools; Universities; Virtues;
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