The Baroness's Comittee and the President's Council: ambition and alienation in public bioethics

Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2005 Sep;15(3):251-67. doi: 10.1353/ken.2005.0022.


The President's Council on Bioethics has tried to make a distinctive contribution to the methodology of such public bodies in developing what it has styled a "richer bioethics." The Council's procedure contrasts with more modest methods of public bioethical deliberation employed by the United Kingdom's Warnock Committee. The practices of both bodies are held up against the backdrop of concerns about moral and political alienation, prompted by the limitations of moral reasoning and by moral dissent from state policy under even the most democratic of governments. Although the President's Council's rhetoric is often scrupulously conciliatory, recurring features of its argumentative practice are regrettably divisive. They order these things better in Britain.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees*
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics*
  • Cloning, Organism / ethics
  • Consensus
  • Democracy
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Embryo Research / ethics
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Morals
  • Policy Making*
  • Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / ethics
  • United Kingdom
  • United States