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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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Virtue Ethics and Conflict of Interest

(p.688) 19.4 Commentary
The Future of Bioethics

Tom L. Beauchamp

Oxford University Press

Justin Oakley says that he will “argue that virtue ethics provides a deeper and more compelling analysis of the ethical problems raised by conflicts of interest in physician prescribing than do other ethical perspectives.” The author argues that he shows important virtues of virtue ethics, but that he has not shown that virtue ethics provides a deeper or more compelling analysis than do “other ethical perspectives.” Oakley gives good reasons to think that we need ethical perspectives that supplement and are not derivative from virtue theory. The author will argue that we should be concerned about both the character and motives of persons and about conformity to rules in conflict of interest situations.

Keywords:   Virtue theory, motive, character traits, disclosure requirements, specified principles, conflict of interest

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