Introduction to Clinical Ethics -2-

we need some set of ethical principles

We need certain ethical principles for the ethical analysis of individual cases. For even if considered on a "case by case" basis, it is not as if the various cases and their analyses have nothing in common. At least the way in which we analyse and consider each case should be uniform, or else our conclusions and choices would be neither accountable, nor reasonable. This uniformity or reasonability, is acquired by basing our decisions on a set of ethical principles. There can be a viewpoint that refuses to follow such ethical principles. (and elsewhere, I should make a detailed argument to support my view). We are now in the field of practical case examination. Here I would only notice that principles are actually relevant and necessary in this field, as I shall show in the following presentation.

update: 15/August/2003

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