Blue-ribbon commissions and political ethics in the federal republic of germany

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 14 (4):465-472 (1989)
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The paper presents an overview of political and professional committees in the Federal Republic of Germany dealing with issues of biomedical ethics. The prevailing tendencies of paternalistic atittudes, the worst-casescenario argumentation method, and the unfortunate practice of applying general principles rather than mid-level principles in the assessment of concrete challenges in treatment and regulation are analyzed. Keywords: conflict, control, consent, commission design, paternalism, political ethics, regulation, self-regulation CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?

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Hans-Martin Sass
Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum

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