© 2005

Ethics Expertise

History, Contemporary Perspectives, and Applications

  • Lisa Rasmussen

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 87)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lisa M. Rasmussen
    Pages 1-12
  3. A Guided Historical Tour

    1. Scott Labarge
      Pages 15-38
    2. Carrie-Ann Biondi Khan
      Pages 39-53
    3. Christopher Tollefsen
      Pages 55-71
    4. Dale E. Miller
      Pages 73-87
    5. Griffin Trotter
      Pages 103-122
  4. Contemporary Perspectives

  5. Contemporary Applications

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-279

About this book


The complexity of the modern world has led to increasing professional specialization. Experts in a variety of fields, including ethics, offer advice and solutions. But where professional expertise often involves mastering certain facts, ethics expertise is distinct. It is not clear, for example, whether moral expertise consists of knowledge of right and wrong, the ability to articulate implications of moral premises, or the display of an outstanding character oneself.

This volume examines philosophical conceptions of ethics expertise from both historical and contemporary perspectives, including applications of ethics expertise in such areas as bioethics consultation, expert witnessing and policy making. It will be of interest to scholars of moral philosophy as well as contemporary practitioners in many areas of bioethics.


Aristotle Ethical Expertise bioethics ethics health knowledge morality philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa Rasmussen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlabamaBirminghamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ethics Expertise
  • Book Subtitle History, Contemporary Perspectives, and Applications
  • Editors Lisa Rasmussen
  • Series Title Philosophy and Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3819-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6973-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3820-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 279
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
    Philosophy, general
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From the reviews:

"The essays in this collection represent both a summary of the debate about expertise in medical ethics and also take the argument a little further. ... Ethics Expertise is a solid contribution to the literature in this area. It is an important topic and these papers help to advance the debate." (Christian Perring, Metapsychology Online Reviews, July, 2006)