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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

Dealing with Conflicts of Interest: Is Virtue Ethics Tough Enough?

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(p.693) 19.5 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Alastair V. Campbell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0097

Although Virtue Ethics (VE) is an important approach to medical ethics, it may not be adequate for meeting the ever-increasing conflicts of interest in modern health care. There are several weaknesses in the approach: idealism, not able to be matched by all practitioners; cultural variations in professional values; and the effects of peer influences on values. But VE may be of some help, if it is backed up by tougher regulation and by a realization by doctors that they can find fulfilment (Eudaimonia) only if they put patient welfare ahead of their own material gain.

Keywords:   virtue, idealism, peer pressure, cultural variation, eudaimonia, regulation

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