HEC Forum 31 (4):305-323 (2019)

Nicholas Colgrove
Wake Forest University
Kelly Kate Evans
Baylor University
Janet Malek (91–102, 2019) argues that a “clinical ethics consultant’s religious worldview has no place in developing ethical recommendations or communicating about them with patients, surrogates, and clinicians.” She offers five types of arguments in support of this thesis: arguments from consensus, clarity, availability, consistency, and autonomy. This essay shows that there are serious problems for each of Malek’s arguments. None of them is sufficient to motivate her thesis. Thus, if it is true that the religious worldview of clinical ethics consultants should play no role whatsoever in their work as consultants, this claim will need to be defended on some other ground.
Keywords clinical ethics  clinical ethics consultation  religion  pluralism  spirituality  ethics expertise  ASBH
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DOI 10.1007/s10730-019-09382-8
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