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Utilitarian bioethics

Paul Lauritzen
In "Reason and the Republic of Opinion," Leon Wieseltier bemoaned an age that reduces reason to utilitarian calculation and requires almost ritual genuflection before the altar of numbers. The spirit of this age is at work in the field of bioethics where, as Debra Mathews and colleagues point out in "A Conceptual Model for the Translation of Bioethics Research and Scholarship," researchers and scholars are increasingly "being asked to demonstrate and also forecast the value and impact of their work." Despite the reductionism that typically accompanies the movements imbued with this spirit, the concern for accountability that stands behind the call for measuring success is legitimate...
September 2016: Hastings Center Report
Tom Shakespeare
In the helpful article "Why Bioethics Needs a Disability Moral Psychology," Joseph Stramondo adds to the critique of actually existing bioethics and explains why disability activists and scholars so often find fault with the arguments of bioethicists. He is careful not to stereotype either community-rightly, given that bioethicists endorse positions as disparate as utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics, among others. Although Stramondo never explicitly mentions utilitarians or liberals, it seems probable that these are the main targets of his discontent...
May 2016: Hastings Center Report
Miguel A Faria
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2016: Surgical Neurology International
Fermín J González-Melado, María Luisa Di Pietro
Since its inceptions, the standard of best interest of the child was linked to decisions about suspend life-sustaining treatments in neonatal units and evaluation of treatments applied to children in terms of their quality of life. This origin has conditioned the interpretation of the standard from two extremes: a vitalistic one, and a non vitalistic interpretation that triumphed in Western bioethics and has led to the consecration of the standard of best interest of the child in the Convention on the Rights of the Child of United Nations...
May 2015: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
Aparna R Dalal
Transplantation ethics is a philosophy that incorporates systematizing, defending and advocating concepts of right and wrong conduct related to organ donation. As the demand for organs increases, it is essential to ensure that new and innovative laws, policies and strategies of increasing organ supply are bioethical and are founded on the principles of altruism and utilitarianism. In the field of organ transplantation, role of altruism and medical ethics values are significant to the welfare of the society...
June 24, 2015: World Journal of Transplantation
Miguel A Faria
American bioethicists have been providing persuasive arguments for rationing medical care via the theory of the necessary "rational allocation of finite health care resources." Anticipating the need for the drastic rationing of medical care in the U.S. with the implementation of ObamaCare and assisted by various sectors of organized medicine in league with the State, bioethicists have deduced that more ingenious approaches are necessary to convince Americans who have been accustomed to receiving the best medical care that third-party payers are willing to pay for...
2015: Surgical Neurology International
Ilse M Wallace
In order for electronic health records to fulfill their expected benefits, protection of privacy of patient information is key. Lack of trust in confidentiality can lead to reluctance in disclosing all relevant information, which could have grave consequences. This position paper contemplates whether patient confidentiality is compromised by electronic health records. The position that confidentiality is compromised was supported by the four bioethical principles and argued that despite laws and various safeguards to protect patients' confidentiality, numerous data breaches have occurred...
February 2015: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Miguel A Faria
In 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama decreed the creation of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, as part of his $100 million Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. In the wake of the work of this Commission, the purpose, goals, possible shortcomings, and even dangers are discussed, and the possible impact it may have upon neuroscience ethics (Neuroethics) both in clinical practice as well as scientific research. Concerns were expressed that government involvement in bioethics may have unforeseen and possibly dangerous repercussions to neuroscience in particular and to medicine in general...
2014: Surgical Neurology International
Shawn Winsor, Cécile M Bensimon, Robert Sibbald, Kyle Anstey, Paula Chidwick, Kevin Coughlin, Peter Cox, Robert Fowler, Dianne Godkin, Rebecca A Greenberg, Randi Zlotnik Shaul
The purpose of this study was to identify supplementary criteria to provide direction when the Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic (OHPIP) critical care triage protocol is rendered insufficient by its inability to discriminate among patients assessed as urgent, and there are insufficient critical care resources available to treat those in that category. To accomplish this task, a Supplementary Criteria Task Force for Critical Care Triage was struck at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics...
2014: Healthcare Quarterly
Tony Mercer
This paper begins by examining the ethical issues in public health and attempts to resolve them. It then considers three different paradigms responding to heroin addiction and their underlying moral philosophy. Firstly it examines prohibition and abstinence only treatment as an example of deontological ethics and harm reduction approaches as an example of a utilitarian ethics. Policy and practice problems resulting from weaknesses in the underlying philosophies are examined along with the futile debate between abstinence only and harm reduction approaches...
2013: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
Vincent Devictor
Environmental ethic is complex, dynamic, and related to cultural contexts that are neither given once and for all, nor valid for all people. Yet, the current biodiversity crisis tends to be followed by the spread of universal values related to nature and its protection. Far from standardizing the pluralism of these values, this universal trend leads to two major tensions in the field of nature conservation. The first concerns the scientific or epistemic values: nature or "biodiversity" is altogether being reduced in sub-categories or by contrast considered as a complex object by modern ecological science...
March 2014: Journal International de Bioéthique, International Journal of Bioethics
Charles Foster
Property-based models of the ownership of body parts are common. They are inadequate. They fail to deal satisfactorily with many important problems, and even when they do work, they rely on ideas that have to be derived from deeper, usually unacknowledged principles. This article proposes that the parent principle is always human dignity, and that one will get more satisfactory answers if one interrogates the older, wiser parent instead of the younger, callow offspring. But human dignity has a credibility problem...
October 2014: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
Arvind Venkat, Eileen F Baker, Raquel M Schears
BACKGROUND: On a daily basis, emergency physicians are confronted by patients with devastating neurological injuries and insults. Some of these patients, despite our best efforts, will not survive. However, from these tragedies, there may be benefit given to others who are awaiting organ transplantation. Steps taken in the emergency department (ED) can be critical to preserving the option of organ donation in patients whose neurologic insult places them on a potential path to declaration of brain death...
August 2014: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Ángela Aparisi Miralles
The term dignity has many meanings. This is because it refers to a very rich reality, which can be viewed from different perspectives. Among these different meanings, highlights the understanding of dignity as an ethical and legal principle, which is the foundation of bioethics and biolaw. The purpose of this paper is to analyse this view of dignity. To do so, will be explained briefly the personist and utilitarian conceptions of the notion of dignity. Finally, as an alternative to the inadequacies of these views, it will be proposed an ontological conception of human dignity...
May 2013: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
Joel Marks
The use of other animals for human purposes is as contentious an issue as one is likely to find in ethics. And this is so not only because there are both passionate defenders and opponents of such use, but also because even among the latter there are adamant and diametric differences about the bases of their opposition. In both disputes, the approach taken tends to be that of applied ethics, by which a position on the issue is derived from a fundamental moral commitment. This commitment in turn depends on normative ethics, which investigates the various moral theories for the best fit to our moral intuitions...
December 2013: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Sharmin Islam, Rusli Bin Nordin, Ab Rani Bin Shamsuddin, Hanapi Bin Mohd Nor, Abu Kholdun Al-Mahmood
The comparative approach regarding the ethics of surrogacy from the Western secular and Islamic bioethical view reveals both commensurable and incommensurable relationship. Both are eager to achieve the welfare of the mother, child and society as a whole but the approaches are not always the same. Islamic bioethics is straightforward in prohibiting surrogacy by highlighting the lineage problem and also other social chaos and anarchy. Western secular bioethics is relative and mostly follows a utilitarian approach...
2012: Journal of IMA
Elio Sgreccia
The first part of this article is an analysis of the historical and philosophical evolution of the concept of human person, from antiquity to present times, including an outline of its major developments. The second part deals critically with reductionist and empiricist positions -particularly Engelhardt's and of utilitarianism- exposing some of its practical implications in the realm of Bioethics. Finally the author concludes with an enunciation of what would constitute a conceptual basis for the ontological foundation of Personal Bioethics derived from the initial framework of intuitive ideas first outlined by Sgreccia in the eighties...
January 2013: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
Eduardo Ortiz Llueca
This paper shows the insufficiency of a bioethics which would intend to derive its proposals from Utilitarianism, identifying some inadequacies in the ethics of John Stuart Mill, e.g., the difficulties of the utilitarian commitment with instrumentalism, the deficiency of an utilitarian moral psychology and the naiveté of the forensic dimension of the utilitarian submission.
January 2013: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
Dimitrios Theofanidis, Antigoni Fountouki, Ourania Pediaditaki
UNLABELLED: Abortion is a major issue in contemporary Greece as it is often practiced but not debated openly and accordingly. AIM: To present and discuss critically a real case scenario with strong ethical implications concerning abortion under two polar ethical doctrines, i.e. Utilitarianism and Deontologism. DISCUSSION: From a Deontological point of view the baby's life should be spared regardless of reason. In contrast, Utilitarians reason that the effect on the mother and family life should be drawn into the decision equation...
June 2013: Nurse Education Today
Roger Brownsword
This paper argues that the concept of human dignity, as currently contested, offers no clear guidance to lawmakers. Within the "bioethical triangle", human dignity has a quite different significance depending upon whether one is a utilitarian, a human rights theorist, or a dignitarian. Having rejected the possibility of an easy accommodation between these views, it is suggested that we should conceive of human dignity as a precondition for (any form of) moral community--specifically, a setting in which humans try to do the right thing and accept responsibility for their freely chosen actions...
December 2010: Journal International de Bioéthique, International Journal of Bioethics
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