Ethics in the Discipline(s) of Bioethics

HEC Forum 23 (3):171-192 (2011)
The development of a code of ethics for a profession can be an indicator of the coherence and stability of a discipline as a unique and singular entity. Since “bioethics”, as a discipline, is not one profession but many, practiced by persons with not one but many varying responsibilities and training, it has been argued that no code of ethics is possible for the discipline(s) of bioethics. I argue that a code of ethics is possible for bioethics by looking at the nature of the various disciplines and noting necessary overlap between them, and deriving the ethics from the nature of the discipline(s) themselves. I show how this can be done by arguing that strict rules about funding and conflict of interest are necessary for bioethicists
Keywords Professional ethics  Codes of ethics  Bioethics  Conflict of interest
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DOI 10.1007/s10730-011-9163-8
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