Ethics consultation as moral engagement

Bioethics. 1991 Jan;5(1):44-56. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.1991.tb00143.x.


I will begin by presenting some doubts about what might be called the "received view" of the role of the moral expert as a health care consultant. Then I will review the literature on moral experts and moral expertise and proceed to apply the results of that review to the notion that there are some who are expert in ethical decision making in health care. I will try to show that certain conclusions that can be drawn from this rather circumscribed topic have implications for the very conception of the relationship between moral theory and clinical ethics.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics*
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Decision Making
  • Education
  • Ethical Analysis*
  • Ethical Theory*
  • Ethicists*
  • Ethics Committees*
  • Ethics Consultation*
  • Ethics*
  • Ethics, Clinical*
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Ethics, Professional
  • Health Facilities*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Methods
  • Patient Care
  • Philosophy
  • Professional Competence*
  • Reference Standards*
  • Social Values
  • Virtues