Naturalized Bioethics: Toward Responsible Knowing and Practice

Hilde Lindemann, Michigan State Unviersity
Marian Verkerk, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Margaret Urban Walker, Marquette University

Hilde Lindemann, Marian Verkerk, and Margaret Urban Walker. Naturalized Bioethics: Toward Responsible Knowing and Practice. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009. Permalink:


Naturalized bioethics represents a revolutionary change in how health care ethics is practised. It calls for bioethicists to give up their dependence on utilitarianism and other ideal moral theories and instead to move toward a self-reflexive, socially inquisitive, politically critical, and inclusive ethics. Wary of idealisations that bypass social realities, the naturalism in ethics that is developed in this volume is empirically nourished and acutely aware that ethical theory is the practice of particular people in particular times, places, cultures, and professional environments. These essays situate the bioethicist within the clinical or research context, take seriously the web of relationships in which all human beings are nested, and explore a number of the different kinds of power relations that inform health care encounters. Naturalized Bioethics aims to help bioethicists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, disability studies scholars, medical researchers, and other health professionals address the ethical issues surrounding health care.