Monday, March 18, 2019
Synthetic Model of Bioethical Inquiry :: Biology
Bioethics and the Synthetic Model of Bioethical InquiryABSTRACT Bioethics, viewed as both(prenominal) a form of reflective practice and a developing discipline, is come to with the good aspects of health care practice and research. With its steady maturation in the creation of moral discourse, bioethics has presided over a number of questions well-nigh the nature of kind illness and how problems imposed by illness groundwork be still in an age marked not alone by forward motion, precisely also by the concomitant fear that much(prenominal) progress give outstrip our humanity and our dignity as persons. I discuss both(prenominal) of the current tensions and ambiguities inherent in the field of bioethics as it continues to mature. In exceptional I focus on the present tendency in bioethics to double ethical theory and practice. I analyze some of the dichotomies resulting from such bifurcation. Finally, I call for an approach to bioethical discourse defined by the rigor of organized and critical thinking characteristic of ethical theory, the disciplined eloquence and glib-tongued power of rhetoric, and the principles of Renaissance humanism. A new model of bioethics is proposed, one that synthesizes the analytic functions of moral theory with the practical and therapeutic functions of rhetorical humanism such a model bridges the divide between theory and practice. This synthetical model of bioethical inquiry emerges from both ancient and contemporary debates about the theory and nature of moral knowledge as well as from the moral teachings of humanists and rhetoricians throughout the history of ideas. The bioethics field has had an impressive impact on public, professional, and in the flesh(predicate) life in the last twenty five years. Bioethics, viewed as both a form of reflective practice and a developing discipline, is concerned with the moral aspects of health care practice and research. With its steady maturation in the domain of moral di scourse, the field of bioethics has presided over a number of questions about the nature of human illness and how the problems imposed by illness can be understood in an age marked not only by progress, but by the concomitant fear that such progress will outstrip our humanity and our dignity as persons. This paper attempts to frame out some of the current tensions and ambiguities inherent in the field of bioethics as it continues to mature. In particular it focuses on the present tendency in bioethics to diverge ethical theory and practice and analyzes some of the dichotomies which result from it.