Bioethics: why philosophy is essential for progress.

@article{Savulescu2015BioethicsWP,
  title={Bioethics: why philosophy is essential for progress.},
  author={Julian Savulescu},
  journal={Journal of medical ethics},
  year={2015},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={
          28-33
        }
}
It is the JME's 40th anniversary and my 20th anniversary working in the field. I reflect on the nature of bioethics and medical ethics. I argue that both bioethics and medical ethics together have, in many ways, failed as fields. My diagnosis is that better philosophy is needed. I give some examples of the importance of philosophy to bioethics. I focus mostly on the failure of ethics in research and organ transplantation, although I also consider genetic selection, enhancement, cloning… CONTINUE READING
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