A Practical Guide to Clinical Ethics Consulting: Expertise, Ethos, and Power

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Medical - 115 pages
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A Practical Guide to Clinical Ethics Consulting reasserts the philosophical method as foundational to ethics consulting. It does so in response to extensive attacks from social scientists, lawyers, theologians, and especially practitioners, all of whom disparage philosophy's reliance on abstract theory and conceptual analysis. Using clinical ethics consulting as an exemplar, Christopher Meyers argues that while many of the attacks are well founded, they are only partly so and not in the most important respects. Ethics consulting that relies too heavily on abstract analysis is of little use to practitioners; consultants must have adequate grounding in, and appreciation of, the concrete reality of working professionals. They must also be experienced enough to have the practical wisdom necessary to assist with real-world problems. Skills of philosophical analysis, when combined with instruction in empirical investigation, political awareness and appropriate character traits, are vital to ethics consulting. Ethicists need the theoretical and conceptual analysis skills that are a standard part of a philosophical education and mindset. The book provides both a defense of this central thesis and a detailed description of the empirical tools and of the critical independence necessary to effective consulting."
 

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Clinical Ethics Consulting and Moral Expertise
11
Principles Rules and Character A Model of Ethics Reasoning
35
Social Context and the Politicization of Clinical Ethics
63
Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?
89
Index
111
About the Author
115
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Page 9 - Persons with Moral Expertise and Moral Experts: Wherein Lies the Difference?" in Clinical Ethics: Theory and Practice, ed. Barry Hoffmaster, Benjamin Freedman, and Gwen Fraser (Clifton. NJ: Humana Press, 1989). pp. 89-99. 3. See Daniel Dennett, "The Moral First Aid Manual." in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, vol. 8. ed. Sterling M. McMurrin (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1988). 4. See Arthur L. Caplan. "Mechanics on Duty: The Limitations of a Technical Definition of Moral Expertise...

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Christopher Meyers is professor of philosophy at California State University, Bakersfield and serves as executive director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics. He is also on the faculty of the Department of Medicine at the Kern County Medical Center in Bakersfield. He has authored several journal articles and serves on several hospital boards.

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