Foundations, Persons, and the Battle for the Millenium
Engelhardt, H. Tristram
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1988 Nov; 13(4): 387-391.
Although reason has failed to provide the grounds to conclusively resolve moral controversies such as abortion, there is still a justifiable understanding of ethics which defies the claims of moral nihilists and relativists. An intellectual question regarding the possibility of grounding moral discourse is posed and the difficulties of justifying moral claims and preserving some fabric of moral authority when individuals meet as strangers are discussed in relation to the project of establishing a concrete understanding of good medical practice. American slavery and a Biblical account of negotiating with angels are presented as examples of the need to respect the rights of all persons and to seek a solution to controversy through reason or mutual toleration. (KIE abstract)
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