Turning the history of medical ethics from its head onto its feet: A critical commentary on Baker and McCullough

Schmidt, U. (2007) Turning the history of medical ethics from its head onto its feet: A critical commentary on Baker and McCullough. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 17 (1). pp. 31-42. ISSN 1054-6863 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The paper provides a critical commentary on the article by Baker and McCullough on Medical Ethic's Appropriation of Moral Philosophy. The author argues that Baker and McCullough offer a more "pragmatic" approach to the history of medical ethics that has the potential to enrich the bioethics field with a greater historical grounding and sound methodology. Their approach can help us to come to a more nuanced understanding about the way in which medical ethics has connected, disconnected, and reconnected with philosophical ideas throughout the centuries. The author points out that Baker and McCullough's model can run the danger of overemphasizing the role of medical ethicists whilst marginalizing the influence of philosophers and of other historical actors and forces. He critically reviews the two case studies on which Baker and McCullough focus and concludes that scholars need to bear in mind the levels of uncertainty and ambivalence that accompany the process of transformation and dissemination of moral values in medicine and medical practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2008 08:18
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2348 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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