Integrative Bioethics: A Conceptually Inconsistent Project

  title={Integrative Bioethics: A Conceptually Inconsistent Project},
  author={Viktor Ivankovi{\'c} and Lovro Savi{\'c}},
  journal={Public Health Law \& Policy eJournal},
This article provides a critical evaluation of the central components of Integrative Bioethics, a project aiming at a bioethical framework reconceptualization. Its proponents claim that this new system of thought has developed a better bioethical methodology than mainstream Western bioethics, a claim that we criticize here. We deal especially with the buzz words of Integrative Bioethics - pluriperspectivism, integrativity, orientational knowledge, as well as with its underlying theory of moral… 
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