The “Ethics Job”

  • Paula Boddington


This chapter introduces the aims of the book. The book’s origins lie in a project examining ethical issues in genomics research, as part of a consortium researching into cardiovascular disease. The challenges of working as an “in-house” ethicist on such a project are discussed, as are the importance of debate and dialogue in ethics as well as inter-disciplinary communication. The book aims to help foster such dialogue and to show how philosophical analysis and debate in ethics can help to address emerging ethical challenges. Some of the different ways in which philosophy can contribute to practical ethical issues are illustrated. These include close attention to argument; to the use of key concepts; and to the use of the examples used to advance arguments. The interrelation of abstract theory and experience of concrete situations is also discussed.


Ethical Issue Moral Judgement Genomic Research Ethical Question Practical Wisdom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Somerville CollegeOxford UniversityOxfordUK

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