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Empirical Bioethics
Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

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Jonathan Ives, Michael Dunn, Alan Cribb, John McMillan, Mark Sheehan, Kyle T. Edwards, Zuzana Deans, Ilina Singh, Richard Huxtable, John Owens, Elleke Landeweer, Bert Molewijk, Guy Widdershoven, Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel, Johannes J. M. van Delden, Scott Kim, Jackie Leach Scully, Bobbie Farsides, Clare Williams, Lucy Frith, Heather Draper
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  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107435506

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  • Bioethics has long been accepted as an interdisciplinary field. The recent 'empirical turn' in bioethics is, however, creating challenges that move beyond those of simple interdisciplinary collaboration, as researchers grapple with the methodological, empirical and meta-ethical challenges of combining the normative and the empirical, as well as navigating the difficulties that can arise from attempts to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives brings together contributions from leading experts in the field which speak to these challenges, providing insight into how they can be understood and suggestions for how they might be overcome. Combining discussions of meta-ethical challenges, examples of different methodologies for integrating empirical and normative research, and reflection on the challenges of conducting and publishing such work, this book will both introduce the novice to the field and challenge the expert.

    • The first book dedicated to the field of empirical bioethics, with a focus on theories and methods appealing to anyone interested in understanding the debates about empirical bioethics
    • Combines chapters on the theoretical grounding of empirical bioethics with chapters detailing methodologies with cross-referencing throughout, allowing readers to follow trajectories through the book
    • Contains contributions from leading experts in the field, providing readers with the latest research and ideas
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107435506
    • length: 281 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Perspectives:
    1. Theoretical perspectives: an introduction Jonathan Ives, Michael Dunn and Alan Cribb
    2. Empirical bioethics and the fact/value distinction John McMillan
    3. Metaethics, relativism and empirical bioethics Mark Sheehan
    4. Empirical bioethics and the role of the professional ethicist in policy making: politics, authority and expertise Kyle T. Edwards and Zuzana Deans
    5. Evidence, epistemology and empirical bioethics Ilina Singh
    6. Friends, foes, flatmates: on the relationship between law and (empirical) bioethics Richard Huxtable
    7. Embracing diversity in empirical bioethics Alan Cribb and John Owens
    Part II. Practical Perspectives:
    8. Practical perspectives: an introduction Michael Dunn, Jonathan Ives and Alan Cribb
    9. Moral improvement through interactive research: a practice example of dialogical empirical bioethics Elleke Landeweer, Bert Molewijk and Guy Widdershoven
    10. Reflective equilibrium as a normative empirical model: the case of Ashley X Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel and Johannes J. M. van Delden
    11. Theory and practice of democratic deliberation in bioethics research Scott Kim
    12. Feminist empirical bioethics Jackie Leach Scully
    13. Lessons from experience: establishing and running interdisciplinary mixed method bioethics research Bobbie Farsides and Clare Williams
    14. Publishing research in empirical bioethics: quality, disciplines and expertise Lucy Frith and Heather Draper.

  • Editors

    Jonathan Ives, University of Bristol
    Jonathan Ives is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Bristol's Centre for Ethics in Medicine. He has published extensively on the theory and methodology of empirical bioethics, with his methodological work developing primarily through his research on the ethics of fathers, fatherhood and the family.

    Michael Dunn, University of Oxford
    Michael Dunn is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, where he is also Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education, and Director of the Centre's graduate training programmes. Dunn has published extensively on empirical bioethics methodology, and more broadly in clinical ethics and research ethics.

    Alan Cribb, King's College London
    Alan Cribb is Co-Director of the Centre for Public Policy Research at King's College London. He has a particular interest in developing interdisciplinary scholarship that links philosophical, social science and professional concerns, and in addition to work on empirical bioethics, he has written about health and education policy, health services research and professional education.


    Jonathan Ives, Michael Dunn, Alan Cribb, John McMillan, Mark Sheehan, Kyle T. Edwards, Zuzana Deans, Ilina Singh, Richard Huxtable, John Owens, Elleke Landeweer, Bert Molewijk, Guy Widdershoven, Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel, Johannes J. M. van Delden, Scott Kim, Jackie Leach Scully, Bobbie Farsides, Clare Williams, Lucy Frith, Heather Draper

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