Bioethics: Analyzing Reasoning in Moral Controversy

In bioethics, moral controversies may have high stakes. Differences of fact or opinion are of a different nature than moral disagreements. There are factual disagreements where a truth may be discovered, making one side right and one side wrong. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some such factual questions were politicized, but that alone does not turnContinue reading “Bioethics: Analyzing Reasoning in Moral Controversy”

Happy with Less: A Feminist Take on the Personal Growth Self-Help Industry

Through a feminist lens, the self-help industry is sometimes ethically problematic, as noted by various scholars. In particular, the personal growth self-help industry presents a bioethics issue surrounding mental and physical health, equality, justice, employment discrimination, and child care. It challenges the balance between pursuing more and being content with what one has. Some self-helpContinue reading “Happy with Less: A Feminist Take on the Personal Growth Self-Help Industry”

Why Is it so Difficult to Challenge the Bioethics Status Quo?

My effort to add critical thinking to bioethics, a choppy path at best, sparked me to question some fundamentals about academic publishing. From long ago on the Urban Law Journal at Fordham Law School to my current position at Voices in Bioethics, Columbia University’s journal, I have encountered and managed viewpoint discrimination. In training peerContinue reading “Why Is it so Difficult to Challenge the Bioethics Status Quo?”

Big Data: Reconciling Privacy, Antitrust, and Data-Generating Patents

Data-Generating Patents require a broad ethical approach that incorporates business ethics. Ethics should that adhere to the spirit behind antitrust law and competition to protect consumers. Intellectual property rights are expanding. Data-generating patents can preclude competitors from obtaining, collecting, or generating the same type of data. It also deprives people of control over their dataContinue reading “Big Data: Reconciling Privacy, Antitrust, and Data-Generating Patents”

Facts and Issues: What is the Ethical Difference Between Fact Patterns?

Thinking like a lawyer can help with some bioethics approaches. When given a fact pattern, lawyers tend to zero in on the issues. Some people spend more time on the facts and others move toward identifying issues and applying or suggesting rules that might be generalizable. Both ways of thinking are valuable. A handle onContinue reading “Facts and Issues: What is the Ethical Difference Between Fact Patterns?”

Critical Thinking, Considerations, and an Inclusive Approach

The material on this website is geared toward people who have an interest in bioethics, are familiar with topics and arguments within the field, and have an interest in examining broader considerations. Some sections that discuss prominent reasoning assume familiarity with basic arguments. Many articles and books were chosen to provide readers with an understandingContinue reading “Critical Thinking, Considerations, and an Inclusive Approach”

Adding to Bioethical Analysis

Welcome to Modern Bioethics. I have pulled together articles and books covering broad topics to demonstrate the methods and frameworks in place for analyzing traditional and new issues in bioethics. I also highlight the shortfalls of some known frameworks and offer inclusive frameworks or necessary add-ons in some cases. By curating a collection that includesContinue reading “Adding to Bioethical Analysis”