Consensus, contracts, and committees.


Following a brief account of the puzzle that ethics committees present for the Western Philosophical tradition, I will examine the possibility that social contract theory can contribute to a philosophical account of these committees. Passing through classical as well as contemporary theories, particularly Rawls' recent constructivist approach, I will argue that social contract theory places severe constraints on the authority that may legitimately be granted to ethics committees. This, I conclude, speaks more about the suitability of the theory to this level of analysis than about the ethics committee phenomenon itself.

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@article{Moreno1991ConsensusCA, title={Consensus, contracts, and committees.}, author={John David Moreno}, journal={The Journal of medicine and philosophy}, year={1991}, volume={16 4}, pages={393-408} }