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 Principlism

Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195159063.003.0005
  Principlism

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This chapter compares an account of common morality with the account of morality presented by Beauchamp and Childress in their book, The Principles of Biomedical Ethics. It offers a general critique of principlism, as well as of the first three of their four principles: autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. It shows the superiority of the account of morality as an informal public system over their account, which uses four freestanding principles not embedded in any system.

Keywords: common morality; autonomy; beneficence; nonmaleficence; justice; specification; public system; moral rules; moral ideals

Chapter.  14340 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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