Bioethics Mediation and Narrative Consultation
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.
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