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Methods in Bioethics: The Way We Reason Now

John Arras


This book provides an overview and critical discussion of the main philosophical methods that have dominated the field of bioethics. The first three chapters outline some influential theories that are important to understanding the methodological approaches that follow. Chapter 1 offers a survey of the theory of principlism as expounded by Tom Beauchamp and James Childress, chapter 2 examines Bernard Gert’s defense of common morality, and chapter 3 discusses the so-termed new casuistry. The next three chapters trace a historical dialectic. Chapter 4 explores the shift that has increasingly occ ... More

Keywords: bioethics, philosophical methodology, principlism, casuistry, pragmatism, reflective equilibrium

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190665982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190665982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Arras, author