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Observing Bioethics$
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Renee C. Fox and Judith P. Swazey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195365559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365559.001.0001

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Thinking Socially and Culturally in Bioethics

Thinking Socially and Culturally in Bioethics

(p.153) 6 Thinking Socially and Culturally in Bioethics
Observing Bioethics

Renée C. Fox

Judith P. Swazey

Oxford University Press

Integrating social and cultural insights into the analysis, interpretation, development, and methodology related to bioethics has been a difficult endeavor. The issues that surround this difficulty are not only applicable to such a field but also to other fields of study, owing to these issues taking their roots in the history, tradition, and value system of the society and in the culture of medicine in the region. This chapter discusses such issues, which include individualism, autonomy, universalism, particularism, relativism and principlism.

Keywords:   individualism, autonomy, universalism, particularism, relativism, principlism, bioethics, social science

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