The authority of the clinical ethicist

Hastings Cent Rep. 1998 Nov-Dec;28(6):6-11.


Mediator? Moral Expert? Or both? "Discourse Ethics" suggests that consensus provides the foundation for defensible moral norms. Thus in building consensus on a moral problem, an ethicist is not just negotiating a compromise but is contributing to the construction of moral rules and principles that have a genuine claim on us. In this way, not only does expertise on a variety of moral positions facilitate mediation, but mediation opens the way to a kind of moral expertise.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Consensus*
  • Consultants
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Ethical Analysis*
  • Ethical Theory
  • Ethicists*
  • Ethics Consultation*
  • Ethics, Clinical*
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Morals*
  • Power, Psychological*
  • Principle-Based Ethics
  • Professional Role*
  • Role*
  • Social Values*