Objectivity and Moral Expertise

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Terrance C. McConnell, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Recently a well-known magazine published an article entitled ‘Moral Specialist.’1 This article recounts the activities of Russell McIntyre, described by the authors as a theologian and philosopher who specializes in bioethics. McIntyre is routinely consulted by physicians for help in solving ethical problems. He is asked for moral advice on such matters as abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization for teenagers. McIntyre even wears an electronic 'beeper' so that when untimely moral quandaries arise he can easily be reached. McIntyre says that ultimately such moral decisions should be made by the people involved — the physician, the patient, and the family. However, he claims that there are still many gray areas in bioethics 'where it is best to call in an expert for consultation.'

Additional Information

Canadian Journal of Philosophy XIV(2) (June 1984), pp. 193-216.
Language: English
Date: 1984
Bioethics, Moral advice, Expertise

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