Moral Expertise

New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Bioethics

  • Jamie Carlin Watson
  • Laura K. Guidry-Grimes

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 129)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jamie Carlin Watson, Laura K. Guidry-Grimes
    Pages 1-33
  3. Michael Cholbi
    Pages 71-86
  4. Jonathan Matheson, Scott McElreath, Nathan Nobis
    Pages 87-105
  5. Eric Vogelstein
    Pages 107-124
  6. Marcela Herdova
    Pages 125-142
  7. Geert Craenen, Jeffrey Byrnes
    Pages 195-205

About this book


This collection addresses whether ethicists, like authorities in other fields, can speak as experts in their subject matter. Though ethics consultation is a growing practice in medical contexts, there remain difficult questions about the role of ethicists in professional decision-making. Contributors examine the nature and plausibility of moral expertise, the relationship between character and expertise, the nature and limits of moral authority, how one might become a moral expert, and the trustworthiness of moral testimony. This volume engages with the growing literature in these debates and offers new perspectives from both academics and practitioners. The readings will be of particular interest to bioethicists, clinicians, ethics committees, and students of social epistemology. These new essays promise to advance discussions in the professionalization and accreditation of ethics consultation.


Clinical Ethics Moral Epistemology Moral/Ethics Expertise Social Epistemology Virtue Ethics Accreditation of Ethics Consultation Character Ethics Ethics Consultation Ethics Expertise Moral Authority Moral Expertise

Editors and affiliations

  • Jamie Carlin Watson
    • 1
  • Laura K. Guidry-Grimes
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical Humanities and BioethicsUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medical Humanities and BioethicsUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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