Moral Consensus in Bioethics: Illusive or Just Elusive?

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 11 (1):1-3 (2002)
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This issue of CQ was conceived in Salt Lake City, at the third annual meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). There, President-elect Laurie Zoloth delivered a stirring address, emphasizing the role of bioethics in responding to social deprivations and suggesting that ASBH on important issues where members share consensus. Not all the stirrings were pleasant. Debate erupted about the propriety of consensus statements, especially regarding possible deleterious effects on academic discourse, misappropriation of dues, and the proliferation of quasi-political factions. The roots of this controversy extend deeply into the collective psyche of contemporary bioethics



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