The Optimist: I have lived in a golden age, says US bioethicist
Arthur Caplan’s brisk summary of the history of bioethics in the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics is decidedly upbeat.
The Pessimist: Editor of leading bioethics journal mourns “failure” of bioethics
Julian Savulescu's sombre lament for the field he loves.
Debate over history of US Christian bioethics
One of the puzzling features of bioethics is that its “founders” were nearly all Christians, but Christian bioethics has become a marginal interest. Why?
Veterans Affairs scandal stems from a crisis of ethics: bioethicist
The crisis in the the US Veterans Affairs Department is fundamentally a crisis of ethics, according to the former hospital ethicist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Transforming ethics this summer
What a blockbuster teaches us about bioethics.
Government responds to Canadian bioethicists’ complaint
The CIRH puts its point of view.
Canadian bioethicists sunk in dejection over government inaction
The bioethics community in Canada is enraged at the Harper Government’s refusal to appoint a strong and formally credentialed leader.
Is a day of doom looming for bioethics?
Predictions of a Ragnarök for bioethics surface regularly in academic journals.
Are philosophers sceptical of bioethics?
A junior bioethics scholar has vented her frustration about her job search in the bioethics.net blog.
New journal for law and bioethics
A new journal has been launched, Law and the Biosciences.
Provocative new series in Journal of Medical Ethics
The Journal of Medical Ethics is constantly innovating in the selection and presentation of its material. The latest feature is “Author Meets Critics”, a series in which authors present the principal arguments of a recent book, and then respond to a handful of critics.
Feeding the media beast
How should bioethicists engage with media? Gingerly, says Dr Syd Johnson, of Michigan Technological University, in an essay on the Impact Ethics blog.
Bioethics is tough; why not abolish it?
Moral abolitionists want to do away with morality altogether.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most impactuous of all?
Which is the most influential journal in bioethics?
Peering into the future of bioethics
The president of the International Association of Bioethics tackles sex-selective abortion.
A new voice in bioethical debates
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University is launching an open-source journal dealing with the application of philosophy to public policy
Vale Edmund Pellegrino
Edmund Pellegrino, a “conservative” bioethicist who won the respect of colleagues of all persuasions, died this week at the age of 92.
Climate change is a bioethics issue, too
Adventurous bioethicists seem to be continually pushing back the frontiers of their discipline. The latest conquest, or at least challenge, is climate change
Ethicists no more moral than other professionals, says new study
Ethicists like to think of themselves as morally good people. But a recent article in the journal Metaphilosophy questions this.
Are medical students ethically illiterate?
A recent study has indicated that medical students are not retaining the ethical terms taught to them in ethics classes.
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