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Nathan Emmerich
Australian National University
  1. Elective Modernism and the Politics of (Bio) Ethical Expertise.Nathan Emmerich - 2018 - In Hauke Riesch, Nathan Emmerich & Steven Wainwright (eds.), Philosophies and Sociologies of Bioethics. Dordrecht, Netherlands: pp. 23-40.
    In this essay I consider whether the political perspective of third wave science studies – ‘elective modernism’ – offers a suitable framework for understanding the policy-making contributions that (bio)ethical experts might make. The question arises as a consequence of the fact that I have taken inspiration from the third wave in order to develop an account of (bio)ethical expertise. I offer a précis of this work and a brief summary of elective modernism before considering their relation. The view I set (...)
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    A Morally Permissible Moral Mistake? Reinterpreting a Thought Experiment as Proof of Concept.Nathan Emmerich & Bert Gordjin - 2018 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 15 (2):269-278.
    This paper takes the philosophical notion of suberogatory acts or morally permissible moral mistakes and, via a reinterpretation of a thought experiment from the medical ethics literature, offers an initial demonstration of their relevance to the field of medical ethics. That is, at least in regards to this case, we demonstrate that the concept of morally permissible moral mistakes has a bearing on medical decision-making. We therefore suggest that these concepts may have broader importance for the discourse on medical ethics (...)
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    Conscientious Objection Should Not Be Equated with Moral Objection: A Response to Ben-Moshe.Nathan Emmerich - 2019 - Journal of Medical Ethics 45 (10):673-674.
    In his recent article, Ben-Moshe offers an account of conscientious objection in terms of the truth of the underlying moral objections, as judged by the standards of an impartial spectator. He seems to advocate for the view that having a valid moral objection to X is the sole criteria for the instantiation of a right to conscientiously object to X, and seems indifferent to the moral status of the prevailing moral attitudes. I argue that the moral status of the prevailing (...)
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    Beyond the Equivalence Thesis: How to Think About the Ethics of Withdrawing and Withholding Life-Saving Medical Treatment.Nathan Emmerich & Bert Gordijn - 2019 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 40 (1):21-41.
    With few exceptions, the literature on withdrawing and withholding life-saving treatment considers the bare fact of withdrawing or withholding to lack any ethical significance. If anything, the professional guidelines on this matter are even more uniform. However, while no small degree of progress has been made toward persuading healthcare professionals to withhold treatments that are unlikely to provide significant benefit, it is clear that a certain level of ambivalence remains with regard to withdrawing treatment. Given that the absence of clinical (...)
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    Between the Accountable and the Auditable: Ethics and Ethical Governance in the Social sciencesSchragZachary M, Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965–2009. USA: Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.StarkLaura, Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2011.Van den HoonaardWill C, The Seduction of Ethics: Transforming the Social Sciences. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2011.1. [REVIEW]Nathan Emmerich - 2013 - Research Ethics 9 (4):175-186.
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    What is Bioethics?Nathan Emmerich - 2015 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 18 (3):437-441.
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    When is a REC Not a REC? When It is a Gatekeeper.Nathan Emmerich - 2016 - Research Ethics 12 (4):234-243.
    This essay responds to an article, ‘Variation in university research ethics review’, published in this issue. It argues that the authors of that paper do not fully distinguish the usual function of university research ethics committees from that of a gatekeeper. The latter term more accurately describes the task they happen to have asked them to fulfil in the course of conducting some empirical research. Whilst they are not alone in making it, the result of this conflation is that the (...)
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    Literature, History and the Humanization of Bioethics.Nathan Emmerich - 2011 - Bioethics 25 (2):112-118.
    This paper considers the disciplines of literature and history and the contributions each makes to the discourse of bioethics. In each case I note the pedagogic ends that can be enacted though the appropriate use of the each of these disciplines in the sphere of medical education, particularly in the medical ethics classroom.1 I then explore the contribution that both these disciplines and their respective methodologies can and do bring to the academic field of bioethics. I conclude with a brief (...)
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    Caring for Quality of Care: Symbolic Violence and the Bureaucracies of Audit.Nathan Emmerich, Deborah Swinglehurst, Jo Maybin, Sophie Park & Sally Quilligan - 2015 - BMC Medical Ethics 16 (1):23.
    This article considers the moral notion of care in the context of Quality of Care discourses. Whilst care has clear normative implications for the delivery of health care it is less clear how Quality of Care, something that is centrally involved in the governance of UK health care, relates to practice.
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    On the Ethics Committee: The Expert Member, the Lay Member and the Absentee Ethicist.Nathan Emmerich - 2009 - Research Ethics 5 (1):9-13.
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    Commentary: From Liberal Eugenics to Political Biology.Nathan Emmerich & Bert Gordijn - 2019 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 28 (1):20-25.
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    Should Professional Interpreters Be Able to Conscientiously Object in Healthcare Settings?Nathan Emmerich & Christine Phillips - forthcoming - Journal of Medical Ethics:medethics-2019-105767.
    In a globalised world, healthcare professionals will inevitably find themselves caring for patients whose first language differs from their own. Drawing on experiences in Australia, this paper examines a specific problem that can arise in medical consultations using professional interpreters: whether the moral objections of interpreters should be accommodated as conscientious objections if and when their services are required in contexts where healthcare professionals have such entitlements, most notably in relation to consultations concerning termination of pregnancy and voluntary assisted dying. (...)
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    Ethics of Crisis Sedation: Questions of Performance and Consent.Nathan Emmerich & Bert Gordijn - 2019 - Journal of Medical Ethics 45 (5):339-345.
    This paper focuses on the practice of injecting patients who are dying with a relatively high dose of sedatives in response to a catastrophic event that will shortly precipitate death, something that we term ‘crisis sedation.’ We first present a confabulated case that illustrates the kind of events we have in mind, before offering a more detailed account of the practice. We then comment on some of the ethical issues that crisis sedation might raise. We identify the primary value of (...)
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    Correction To: A Morally Permissible Moral Mistake? Reinterpreting a Thought Experiment as Proof of Concept.Nathan Emmerich & Bert Gordijn - 2019 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 16 (1):141-141.
    There was a spelling error in the second author’s last name in the original publication. The name is correct in this erratum.
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    Leadership in Palliative Medicine: Moral, Ethical and Educational.Nathan Emmerich - 2018 - BMC Medical Ethics 19 (1):55.
    Making particular use of Shale’s analysis, this paper discusses the notion of leadership in the context of palliative medicine. Whilst offering a critical perspective, I build on the philosophy of palliative care offered by Randall and Downie and suggest that the normative structure of this medical speciality has certain distinctive features, particularly when compared to that of medicine more generally. I discuss this in terms of palliative medicine’s distinctive morality or ethos, albeit one that should still be seen in terms (...)
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    Bioethics, Public Intellectuals and Political Biology Today.Nathan Emmerich - 2018 - History of the Human Sciences 31 (1):124-131.
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    Anti-Theory in Action? Planning for Pandemics, Triage and ICU Or: How Not to Bite a Bullet. [REVIEW]Nathan Emmerich - 2011 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 14 (1):91-100.
    Anti-theory is a multi-faceted critique of moral theory which, it appears, is undergoing something of reassessment. In a recent paper Hämäläinen discusses the relevance of an anti-theoretical perspective for the activity of applied ethics. This paper explores her view of anti-theory. In particular I examine its relevance for understanding the formal guidance on pandemic flu planning issues by the Department of Health in the UK and some subsequent discussions around triage and reverse triage decisions which may be considered by both (...)
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    H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Ed., Bioethics Critically Reconsidered: Having Second Thoughts. Reviewed By.Nathan Emmerich - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (3):170-173.
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    Research Ethics for Social ScientistsIsraelM and HayI. Published by Sage Publications, 2006. ISBN 1-4129-0390-4 Price: £19.99.Nathan Emmerich - 2006 - Research Ethics 2 (4):147-147.
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    The Ministry and Medicine.Nathan Emmerich - 2009 - Metascience 18 (3):459-461.
    Review of Jonathan B. Imber, Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine. Oxford: Princeton University Press 2008. Pp. xix+275. US$29.95 £21.95 HB.
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    Reframing Bioethics Education for Non-Professionals.Nathan Emmerich - 2014 - The New Bioethics 20 (2):186-198.
    It is increasingly common for universities to provide cross-curricular education in bioethics as part of contemporary attempts to produce 'global citizens.' In this article I examine three perspectives drawn from research into pedagogy that has been conducted from the perspective of cognitive anthropology and consider its relevance to bioethics education. I focus on: two metaphors of learning, participation and acquisition, identified by Sfard; the psychological notion of moral development; and the distinction between socialization and enculturation. Two of these perspectives have (...)
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    Tracking the Impact of Health Care Technology.Nathan Emmerich - 2009 - Metascience 18 (3):501-504.
    Review of Andrew Webster, Health, Technology and Society: A Sociological Critique. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. Pp. 213. UK£20.99 PB.
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    For an Ethnomethodology of Healthcare Ethics.Nathan Emmerich - 2013 - Health Care Analysis 21 (4):372-389.
    This paper considers the utility of Ethnomethodology (EM) for the study of healthcare ethics as part of the empirical turn in Bioethics. I give a brief introduction to EM through its respecification of sociology, the specific view on the social world this generates and EM's posture of ‘indifference’. I then take a number of EM concepts and articulate each in the context of an EM study of healthcare ethics in professional practice. Having given an overview of the relationship and perspective (...)
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    Medical Ethics Education: An Interdisciplinary and Social Theoretical Perspective.Nathan Emmerich - 2013 - Springer.
    There is a diversity of ‘ethical practices’ within medicine as an institutionalised profession as well as a need for ethical specialists both in practice as well as in institutionalised roles. This Brief offers a social perspective on medical ethics education. It discusses a range of concepts relevant to educational theory and thus provides a basic illumination of the subject. Recent research in the sociology of medical education and the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu are covered. In the end, the themes (...)
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  25. The Multiplicity of Bioethical Expertise in the Context of Secular Liberal Democracies.Nathan Emmerich - forthcoming - Society.
    Whilst the notion of bioethical expertise might raise a host of questions concerning moral authority it is nevertheless the case that bioethicists continue to advance well thought out, detailed and comprehensive arguments concerning the ethical implications of the biosciences and healthcare. Not to make use of such work or those who produce it when it comes to the work of government and the development of policies would seem misguided at best. Thus, in the light of existing analysis of scientific expertise (...)
     
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    Virtue Ethics in the Conduct and Governance of Social Science Research.Nathan Emmerich (ed.) - 2018 - Emerald.
    This collection focuses on virtue theory and the ethics of social science research. A moral philosophy that has been relatively neglected in the domain of research ethics, virtue ethics has much to offer those who wish to go beyond the difficulties generated by the biomedical model of research ethics and positively engage with the ethics of social scientific research. As the chapters contained in this volume show, the perspective provided by virtue ethics also exhibits a certain affinity with the emerging (...)
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    Philosophies and Sociologies of Bioethics: Crossing the Divides.Hauke Riesch, Nathan Emmerich & Steven Wainwright (eds.) - 2018 - Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
    This book is an interdisciplinary contribution to bioethics, bringing together philosophers, sociologists and Science and Technology Studies researchers as a way of bridging the disciplinary divides that have opened up in the study of bioethics. Each discipline approaches the topic through its own lens providing either normative statements or empirical studies, and the distance between the disciplines is heightened not only by differences in approach, but also disagreements over the values, interpretations and problematics within bioethical research. In order to converse (...)
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