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Do bioethicists have any credibility?

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Read a book review on the topic here. Sample passage:

Though clearly fond of the bioethicist-physicians, bioethicist-philosophers, and bioethicist-legal scholars they interviewed, Fox and Swazey describe themselves as “critical of what we regard as the field’s deficiencies and blind spots.” They identify these as the use of dumbed-down teaching formulae, an insensitivity to cultural differences, and the tendency of American bioethicists to emphasize “individual rights, and rationality” instead of “community, and common good,” which are the values that Fox and Swazey favor.

Fox and Swazey claim bioethicists would do better if they stuck to policy and economic questions, but the reviewer isn’t sure why.


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