Social science and bioethics: the way forward

TitleSocial science and bioethics: the way forward
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDe Vries, R, Turner, L, Orfali, K, Bosk, C
JournalSociology of Health & Illness
Volume28
Issue6
Pagination665-677
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number01419889
Accession Number23482528
Keywords& , -- , aspects; , BIOETHICS; , EMPIRICAL , ethical , ETHICISTS; , ETHICS; , INTERDISCIPLINARY , Medical , medicine; , Moral , of , research , Research; , SCIENCE , scientists; , SOCIAL , SOCIOLOGY , sociology;
AbstractThe article discusses the differences in understanding that bioethicists and sociologists often face when looking at solutions to ethical dilemmas that arise in sociological research. Bioethicists value the clear descriptions of ethically charged situations provided by social scientists, but doubt the ability of those trained in social science to logically derive and discern ‘the good’. For their part, social scientists – experts in observing and collecting data about the way the world is– find bioethicists ignorant of the ways elegantly crafted solutions to ethical problems get altered when incarnated in varied social and cultural settings. The articles collected in this special edition of Sociology of Health an Illness demonstrate the value of collaboration between social scientists and bioethicists.
Notesde Vries, Raymond 1 Turner, Leigh 2 Orfali, Kristina 3 Bosk, Charles 4; Affiliation: 1: Bioethics Program, University of Michigan 2: Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University, Canada 3: Department of Pediatrics and Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University 4: Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania; Source Info: Sep2006, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p665; Subject Term: BIOETHICS; Subject Term: MEDICAL ethics; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: SOCIAL scientists; Subject Term: SOCIAL medicine; Subject Term: ETHICISTS; Author-Supplied Keyword: bioethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: empirical ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: interdisciplinary research; Author-Supplied Keyword: medical sociology; Author-Supplied Keyword: sociology of science; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1111/j.1467-9566.2006.00535.x
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