Bioethics in the third millennium: some critical anticipations

Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 1999 Sep;9(3):225-43. doi: 10.1353/ken.1999.0018.


Its promises to the contrary notwithstanding, bioethics is plural. There is a diversity of content-full moral undertandings of the good and the right. Moreover, there is no secular means in principle to set this diversity aside without begging the question. This moral diversity exists both as a sociological condition and as a moral epistemological constraint. Without succumbing to a metaphysical scepticism or moral relativism, the bioethics of the future, if it is to be honest, should learn how to live with robust moral diversity.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics*
  • Casuistry
  • Catholicism
  • Christianity
  • Committee Membership
  • Consensus
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Decision Making
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Ethicists*
  • Ethics*
  • History
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humanism
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Morals*
  • Organization and Administration
  • Philosophy
  • Professional Role*
  • Public Policy*
  • Religion
  • Secularism
  • Social Change
  • Social Values*
  • United States