Developing the ethical matrix as a decision support framework: GM fish as a case study [Book Review]

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The Ethical Matrix was developed to help decision-makers explore the ethical issues raised by agri-food biotechnologies. Over the decade since its inception the Ethical Matrix has been used by a number of organizations and the philosophical basis of the framework has been discussed and analyzed extensively. The role of tools such as the Ethical Matrix in public policy decision-making has received increasing attention. In order to further develop the methodological aspects of the Ethical Matrix method, work was carried out to study the potential role of the Ethical Matrix as a decision support framework. When considering which frameworks to apply when analyzing the ethical dimensions of the application of agri-food biotechnologies, it is important to clarify the substantive nature of any prospective framework. In order to further investigate this issue, reflections on the neologism “ethical soundness” of an ethical framework are presented here. This concept is introduced in order to provide more structured evaluations of a range of ethical tools, including ethical frameworks such as the Ethical Matrix. As well as examining the philosophical dimensions of the method, theoretical analysis and literature studies were combined with stakeholder engagement exercises and consultations in order to review the Ethical Matrix from a user perspective. This work resulted in the development of an Ethical Matrix Manual, which is intended to act as a guide for potential user groups.
Keywords biotechnology  decision support  Ethical frameworks  Ethical Matrix  GM fish
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DOI 10.1007/s10806-006-9023-8
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Principles of Biomedical Ethics.Tom L. Beauchamp - 1979 - Oxford University Press.
Value Pluralism and Coherentist Justification of Ethical Advice.Ellen-Marie Forsberg - 2007 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20 (1):81-97.
Assessing Fisheries – Using an Ethical Matrix in a Participatory Process.Matthias Kaiser & Ellen-Marie Forsberg - 2001 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 14 (2):191-200.

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