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Why Can't We All Just Get Along? A Comment on Turner's Plea to Social Scientists and Bioethicists


Okay, Professor Turner is not Rodney King. He is not responding to bioethicists and social scientists running amuck, setting automobiles aflame, and pelting each other with rocks and broken bottles. He does not come right out and ask, “Why can't we all just get along?” But in its academic way, Turner's essay is an effort to negotiate a truce in the interdisciplinary squabbles that plague bioethics, a plea to move bioethics beyond the “misleading” and “unhelpful” “demarcation of disciplinary goals” that leads to “dichotomous thinking” and “polemical accusations.”

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1. Elliott C. Diary. London Review of Books 2003; 28 Nov.

2. De Vries R. (Bio)ethics and evidence: From collaboration to co-operation. In: Gastmans C, Dierickx K, Nys H, Schotsmans P, eds. New Pathways for European Bioethics. Brussels: Intersentia; 2007:7–21.

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Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
  • ISSN: 0963-1801
  • EISSN: 1469-2147
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