Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 235–238

Bioethics, Disability, and the Good Life: Remembering Christopher Newell, 1964–2008



The untimely passing of Reverend Canon Dr Christopher Newell, AM, came as a shock to many in the bioethics world. As well as an obituary, this article notes a number of important themes in his work, and provides a select bibliography. Christopher's major contribution to this field is that he was one of a handful of scholars who made disability not only an acceptable area of bioethics—indeed a vital, central, fertile area of enquiry. Crucially Christopher emphasised that where we do ethics is actually in everyday life—while we mourn his passing, his rich work and example will continue to inspire bioethical inquiry.


Christopher Newell Disability Bioethics Narrative Excluded knowledge Everyday practice 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Journalism and Media Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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