Doctoring Legal Ethics: Studies in Irony

Derek Morgan

in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259312
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681936 | DOI:
Doctoring Legal Ethics: Studies in Irony

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This chapter closes by asking whether medical ethics can throw light on legal ethics. The Age of Scepticism has led to a different, perhaps new and more urgent puzzlement about the nature and meaning of ethics in many aspects of public and private life. It also considers whether the study of legal ethics has anything to learn from other sites of professional ethics, particularly medical ethics. The chapter also suggests that there are sufficient symmetries to make the nature and form of ethical argument in health care available as a template from which to begin to forge a distinctive account of legal ethics. In particular, it is shown that it is possible for a study of medical ethics to contribute to the emergent study of legal ethics in three particular ways. Examples from the field of macro-ethical questions in health care and from a methodological or conceptual debate are presented.

Keywords: medical ethics; legal ethics; Age of Scepticism; health care

Chapter.  13703 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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