Bioethics


Does religion have a role in bioethics?

Michael Cook | 28 February 2015 | Comments
tags: bioethics, religion
The notion that religious convictions have no place in medicine or bioethics is widespread and growing.

Summer school in bioethics in Manhattan

Michael Cook | 29 January 2015 | Comments
tags: bioethics, interviews
The Global Bioethics Initiative is offering a bioethics programme this summer.

Mario Cuomo, bioethicist

Michael Cook | 11 January 2015 | Comments
tags: bioethics, obituaries, USA
A tough politician, he also influenced debates on abortion, the death penalty and euthanasia.

The Optimist: I have lived in a golden age, says US bioethicist

Michael Cook | 20 December 2014 | Comments
tags: Arthur Caplan, bioethics, media
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

Michael Cook | 20 December 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
Julian Savulescu's sombre lament for the field he loves.

Debate over history of US Christian bioethics

Michael Cook | 27 September 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, 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

Michael Cook | 19 July 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, ethics committees, public health
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

Michael Cook | 16 July 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, films
What a blockbuster teaches us about bioethics.

Government responds to Canadian bioethicists’ complaint

Michael Cook | 12 July 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, bioethics credentials, Canada, credentialism
The CIRH puts its point of view.

Canadian bioethicists sunk in dejection over government inaction

Michael Cook | 05 July 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, bioethics credentials, Canada
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?

Michael Cook | 05 July 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics
Predictions of a Ragnarök for bioethics surface regularly in academic journals.

Are philosophers sceptical of bioethics?

Michael Cook | 03 May 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics
A junior bioethics scholar has vented her frustration about her job search in the bioethics.net blog.

New journal for law and bioethics

Xavier Symons | 22 March 2014 | Comments
tags: bioethics, bioethics journals
A new journal has been launched, Law and the Biosciences.

Provocative new series in Journal of Medical Ethics

Michael Cook | 14 December 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, death, 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

Michael Cook | 23 November 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, media
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?

Michael Cook | 19 October 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, moral abolitionism
Moral abolitionists want to do away with morality altogether.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most impactuous of all?

Michael Cook | 03 August 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, bioethics journals, impact factor
Which is the most influential journal in bioethics?

Peering into the future of bioethics

Michael Cook | 29 June 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, sex-selective abortion
The president of the International Association of Bioethics tackles sex-selective abortion.

A new voice in bioethical debates

Michael Cook | 23 June 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, journals
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

Michael Cook | 15 June 2013 | Comments
tags: bioethics, bioethics commissions
Edmund Pellegrino, a “conservative” bioethicist who won the respect of colleagues of all persuasions, died this week at the age of 92.

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