Thoughts on the Purpose of the President's Bioethics Council: Expert Consensus vs. Dignified Conflict

Thoughts on the Purpose of the President's Bioethics Council: Expert Consensus vs. Dignified... Peter Augustine Lawler technological improvements, treats particular persons with Here are a few reflections based on my service on President random cruelty and undignified indifference. Bush's Council on Bioethics. Bush's Council--especially President Obama has appointed an advisory council that will when it was headed by Leon Kass--was criticized for being offer him definite policy guidance based on reasonable consena sort of pseudo-Socratic debating society that aimed to illusus. That consensus, in other words, will be the product of expert minate or even encourage senseless moral conflict among reflection on the deeper implications of American civic deliberaAmericans rather than aim at consensus based on scientific tion. To find that "common ground," all Americans have to do is truth and American principle. It was also criticized for being acknowledge, with expert help, what we really know through scitoo worried about the effect that scientific, technological, ence and the American values we share in common. On abortion, and biotechnological progress might have on human dignity. for example, we know that there is no compelling evidence that Dignity, the criticism went, was used as a codeword for stia fetus is a person with rights, and we know that women need to fling http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Thoughts on the Purpose of the President's Bioethics Council: Expert Consensus vs. Dignified Conflict

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Peter Augustine Lawler technological improvements, treats particular persons with Here are a few reflections based on my service on President random cruelty and undignified indifference. Bush's Council on Bioethics. Bush's Council--especially President Obama has appointed an advisory council that will when it was headed by Leon Kass--was criticized for being offer him definite policy guidance based on reasonable consena sort of pseudo-Socratic debating society that aimed to illusus. That consensus, in other words, will be the product of expert minate or even encourage senseless moral conflict among reflection on the deeper implications of American civic deliberaAmericans rather than aim at consensus based on scientific tion. To find that "common ground," all Americans have to do is truth and American principle. It was also criticized for being acknowledge, with expert help, what we really know through scitoo worried about the effect that scientific, technological, ence and the American values we share in common. On abortion, and biotechnological progress might have on human dignity. for example, we know that there is no compelling evidence that Dignity, the criticism went, was used as a codeword for stia fetus is a person with rights, and we know that women need to fling

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jul 22, 2010

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