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The Role of the Social Sciences in Bioethics: Moving the Agenda Forward.

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While the inclusion of the Social Sciences in the field of Bioethics has often been sought and welcomed by policy makers, the relationship between the two has been fraught with difficulties and disagreement. Moral philosophy tends to dominate the field and is underpinned by abstract but robust moral theories which their practitioners draw on to develop morally reasoned arguments about the right thing to do. The social sciences on the other hand have increasingly become detached from their epistemological positions and appeal to their data -as evidence of what ‘is’ and do not always address the issue of what ought to be done. I suggest a ‘socio-ethical’ approach as a way forward. This approach will be illustrated with reference to empirical research on families and biomedicine.

This talk is part of the Centre for Family Research Seminar Series series.

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