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The Multiplicity of Bioethical Expertise in the Context of Secular Liberal Democracies

Emmerich, Nathan

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While the notion of bioethical expertise might raise a host of questions concerning moral authority it is nevertheless the case that bioethicists continue to advance well thought out, detailed and comprehensive arguments concerning the ethical implications of the biosciences and healthcare. Not to make use of such work or those who produce it when it comes to the work of government and the development of policies would seem misguided at best. Thus, in the light of existing analysis of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorEmmerich, Nathan
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-08T00:10:47Z
dc.identifier.issn0147-2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/267218
dc.description.abstractWhile the notion of bioethical expertise might raise a host of questions concerning moral authority it is nevertheless the case that bioethicists continue to advance well thought out, detailed and comprehensive arguments concerning the ethical implications of the biosciences and healthcare. Not to make use of such work or those who produce it when it comes to the work of government and the development of policies would seem misguided at best. Thus, in the light of existing analysis of scientific expertise and its proper contribution to democratic political processes, this essay explores the role expert bioethicists might legitimately play in the production of policy and broader public moral debates. However, given that ethics can shade into politics and, furthermore, does so in a way that is not the case for science and politics, the ethico-political limitations that constrains and constructs the exercise of bioethical expertise is examined. Particular attention is paid to the implications of this view when it comes to bioethical research predicated on religious perspectives in the context of public reason, the validity of which has recently been called into question. We conclude with the suggestion that, if they are to act as experts in political contexts, bioethicists cannot simply make expert contributions to policymaking processes, they should also acknowledge they are responsible for shaping the broader public moral discourses about science and medicine.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTransaction Publishers
dc.rights© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019
dc.sourceSociety
dc.subjectExpertise
dc.subjectDemocracy
dc.subjectPolitics
dc.subjectPolicy-making
dc.subjectMorality
dc.subjectEthics
dc.subjectBiosciences
dc.titleThe Multiplicity of Bioethical Expertise in the Context of Secular Liberal Democracies
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume56
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor160806 - Social Theory
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.absfor220101 - Bioethics (human and animal)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5234101xPUB291
local.publisher.urlhttps://link.springer.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationEmmerich, Nathan, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage481
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage488
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s12115-019-00402-4
local.identifier.absseo950407 - Social Ethics
local.identifier.absseo970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
local.identifier.absseo950401 - Bioethics
dc.date.updated2021-01-17T07:19:17Z
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