David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1):25-30 (1995)
Decisions must be justified. In medical ethics various grounds are given to justify decisions, but ultimate justification seems illusory and little considered. The philosopher Wittgenstein discusses the problem of ultimate justification in the context of general philosophy. His comments, nevertheless, are pertinent to ethics. From a discussion of Wittgensteinian notions, such as 'bedrock', the idea that 'ultimate' justification is grounded in human nature as such is derived. This discussion is relevant to medical ethics in at least five ways: it shows generally what type of certainty there is in practical ethics; it seems to imply some objective foundation to our ethical judgements; it squares with our experience of making ethical decisions; it shows something of the nature of moral arguments; and, finally, it has implications for teaching medicine and ethics
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Rudolf Haller (1988). Justification and Praxeological Foundationalism. Inquiry 31 (3):335 – 345.
Harry Prosch (1961). The Problem of Ultimate Justification. Ethics 71 (3):155-174.
Michael O'Donovan-Anderson (1996). Wittgenstein and Rousseau on the Context of Justification. Philosophy and Social Criticism 22 (3):75-92.
Jukka Varelius (2010). On Taylor's Justification of Medical Informed Consent. Bioethics 26 (4):207-214.
C. Crisci (1995). The Ultimate Curse. Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (5):277-280.
Norman Daniels (1996). Justice and Justification: Reflective Equilibrium in Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press.
J. Macnaughton (1995). The Ultimate Curse: The Doctor as Patient. Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (5):278-280.
Richard C. Francis (1990). Causes, Proximate and Ultimate. Biology and Philosophy 5 (4):401-415.
Nafsika Athanassoulis (ed.) (2005). Philosophical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan.
Raanan Gillon (1988). Medical Ethics in Britain. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 9 (3).
Paul Litton & Franklin G. Miller (2005). A Normative Justification for Distinguishing the Ethics of Clinical Research From the Ethics of Medical Care. Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 33 (Fall 2005):566-74.
Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (2004). Understanding Wittgenstein's on Certainty. Palgrave Macmillan.
Added to index2010-09-13
Total downloads4 ( #299,069 of 1,692,598 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #181,215 of 1,692,598 )
How can I increase my downloads?