Toward a better bioethics

Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (3):283-291 (2009)
Abstract
It has been argued that bioethicists too often tend to represent the interests of scientists and not of the broader polity. Indeed, bioethicists seem predisposed to discard the voices and viewpoints of all but the cognoscenti . Focusing particularly on human pluripotent stem cell research, this commentary explores a variety of characterizations of bioethics and bioethicists in relation to forbidding science. Rather than proselytizing or prohibiting, bioethicists should work in partnership with scientists and publics to craft scientifically well-informed and morally sophisticated debates about forbidding science.
Keywords Controversy  Deliberation  Expertise  Human pluripotent stem cell research  Moral architecture  President’s Council on Bioethics  Public engagement
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