The future of bioethics: Three dogmas and a cup of hemlock

Bioethics 24 (5):218-225 (2010)
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In this paper I argue that bioethics is in crisis and that it will not have a future unless it begins to embrace a more Socratic approach to its leading assumptions. The absence of a critical and sceptical spirit has resulted in little more than a dominant ideology. I focus on three key issues. First, that too often bioethics collapses into medical ethics. Second, that medical ethics itself is beset by a lack of self-reflection that I characterize here as a commitment to three dogmas. Third, I offer a more positive perspective by suggesting how bioethics may benefit from looking towards public health ethics as a new source of inspiration and direction.
Keywords public health ethics  medical ethics  dogmas  bioethics  ideology
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2010.01814.x
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