Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 437–441 | Cite as

What is Bioethics?

  • Nathan EmmerichEmail author
Review Article

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Wilson, D.: 2014, The Making of British Bioethics. Manchester, UK. Manchester University Press, 288 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0719096198, price: 50 USD.

As Powers (2005, p. 306) points out, what bioethics might be, and the methods with which it is pursued, remain relatively undefined and highly diverse. We might also think similarly about ‘ethics’; what it might be and how it ought to be done is subject to a wide degree of interpretation. Certainly, there are a number of (related) dominant approaches—formal ethics, philosophical, practical or applied ethics—there are also a number of other, relatively mainstream, approaches common to the field of bioethics—casuistry, principlism,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Politics, International Studies and PhilosophyQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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