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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The Independence of Medical Ethics
Author Brännmark, Johan
Date 2018
English abstract
This paper discusses the relation between medical ethics and general moral theory, the argument being that medical ethics is best seen as independent from general moral theory. According to this independence thesis, here explicated in terms of what is called a disunitarian stance, the very idea of applied ethics, which is often seen as underlying medical ethics (as well as many other more specific fields of ethics), is misguided. We should instead think of medical ethics as a domain-specific ethical inquiry among other domain-specific ethical inquiries. On this alternative kind of picture, such ethical inquiries should start with looking at the particularities of the domain under consideration and then proceed from there. Some possible consequences of this idea for medical ethics are then identified and discussed.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-018-9842-1 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-018-9842-1 .Icon
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy;1
Volume 22
ISSN 1572-8633
Language eng (iso)
Subject Medical ethics
Moral theory
Applied ethics
Methodology
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/25020 Permalink to this page
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