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International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 5 (2):1-10 (2012)
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Our motivation for proposing a special issue of IJFAB on vulnerability is twofold. First, there is growing interest in the concept of vulnerability within both bioethics and feminist theory. Reflecting this interest, this special issue provides a forum for exploring the relevance for bioethics of feminist perspectives on vulnerability. Second, despite growing recognition within bioethics of the moral significance of vulnerability, the concept remains under-theorized in bioethical (and wider philosophical) discourse. Questions that are central to current debates but that require further theoretical analysis include the following: What is vulnerability and what are the sources of vulnerability? What duties are owed ..

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