This blog (and the accompanying course) is not designed to make bioethics easier or even more academically accessible. It is to address whether ethical dilemmas caused by complex scientific developments or traditions in the doctor patient relationship require broader frameworks and the identification of additional issues.
One goal is to figure out whether upstream policies cause many of the dilemmas. Another is to flesh out analytical tools and considerations for identifying where one profession’s authority over an issue ends and personal authority begins. Is there overlap and which stakeholders deserve to be included in the discourse?
A need for clinical simplicity sometimes supplants moral philosophy. This website addresses whether that is acceptable, what alternatives could be created, and whether added voices would level the bioethics playing field. The frameworks are both deeper and wider reflecting how special the personal issues are and how important public policy is in people’s lives.