An Ordonomic Perspective in Medical Ethics

  • Nikolaus KnoepfflerEmail author
  • Martin O’Malley


The following discussion uses these three brief case studies to illustrate first the inadequacy of classic bioethical approaches and the basic reasons why approaches that rely on moralistic rules, shaming, and ethics as the setting of limiting rules are unable to efficiently guide medicine in avoiding the dilemmas of the cases. The paper then examines how structural misalignments and institutional incentives are relevant for medical ethics. Finally, the paper offers an argument for an ordonomic approach for medical ethics analogous to the ordonomic approach in business ethics (Pies et al. 2009).


Medical Ethic Moral Ideal Ethical Approach Interpersonal Level Hippocratic Oath 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Applied Ethics and Director of Ethics CentreDirector of the Department of Ethics of Sciences of Jena UniversityJenaGermany
  2. 2.Ethics CentreDepartement of Ethics of Sciences of Jena UniversityJenaGermany

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