Policy‐Making in Pluralistic Societies

Søren Holm

in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199562411
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Policy‐Making in Pluralistic Societies

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Bioethics is not only concerned with analyzing the actions of individual moral agents; it also analyses policy decisions and thereby has an interface with political philosophy. Bioethicists often give unsolicited policy advice, but many also have more official roles on various kinds of ethics committees advising political decision-makers. This article aims to discuss the issues that arise when a state or other lower public authority has to make policy decisions in areas where there is at the same time moral and scientific uncertainty.

Keywords: policy decisions; policy-making; pluralistic societies; moral agents; political philosophy; policy advice; public authority

Article.  9950 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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