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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

Bioethics Mediation and Narrative Consultation

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(p.721) 20.4 Commentary
Source:
The Future of Bioethics
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Takanobu Kinjo

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0102

This commentary discusses the concerns about incorporating “mediation” into ethics, the idea most vigorously advocated by Autumn Fiester. Then, it proposes so-called “narrative-based ethics consultation,” the consultation most distinctively practiced by Richard Zaner. Although Fiester’s argument of replacing ethics consultation with bioethics mediation is very convincing, we must first re-commit ourselves to the most difficult task of educating highly competent, responsive, and responsible ethics consultants who are strongly determined to tread the path alongside patients/family members through morally aporetic situations.

Keywords:   Narrative ethics, ethics consultation, mediation, narrative-based ethics consultation, clinical ethics education

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