Practicing ethics: where's the action?

Hastings Cent Rep. Jan-Feb 1990;20(1):5-12.


KIE: Kass uses the occasion of the Hastings Center's 20th anniversary to critique contemporary bioethics. He describes what he terms seven "dominant fashions" in the modern practice of ethics that he believes have resulted in a theoretical and rationalistic approach with grave weaknesses. He raises questions about the relationship between moral theory and moral action, and about the nature and formation of a moral life. In discussing the future work of the Hastings Center, Kass calls for less thinking about doctrine and principles and more thinking about education and institutions, particularly those involved with medical practice.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics*
  • Ethical Analysis*
  • Ethical Theory*
  • Ethicists*
  • Forecasting
  • Moral Development
  • Morals
  • Philosophy
  • Problem Solving
  • United States