The Theological Retreat and the Emergence of the Bioethics Profession

John H. Evans

in The History and Future of Bioethics

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199860852
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932474 | DOI:
The Theological Retreat and the Emergence of the Bioethics Profession

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Theologians and their allies raised the interest of the public, and eventually Congress, on these issues. Congress created two venues of decision-making, research bioethics and public policy bioethics, and some entrepreneurial professionals created an ethical system for use in these venues. This ethical system is called common morality, and its methods include the use of consensus among diverse professionals as well as what came to be known as common morality principlism. This became dominant in bioethical debate because it fit with the needs of its consumers in the bureaucratic state. The bioethics profession, armed with these methods, won jurisdiction from the theologians in these two venues, as well as in health care ethics consultation.

Keywords: bioethics; professions; theology; public debate; public policy bioethics; health care ethics consultation; research bioethics; research bioethics; government ethics commissions

Chapter.  12917 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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