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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.001.0001

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Health, Global Justice, and Virtue Bioethics

Health, Global Justice, and Virtue Bioethics

(p.79) 5 Health, Global Justice, and Virtue Bioethics
Law and Bioethics

Katerina Sideri

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the philosophical tradition of virtue ethics to link the relevant discussion to bioethics, the idea of human flourishing, and the principles of practical reason, justice, and equity. It argues that a dynamic understanding of health, promoting empowerment and capacity building, should present us with a primary bioethical endeavour. This position brings to the foreground important questions as to the ways bioethics should be governed at the international level, whilst capturing the pluralist content of secular bioethics by means of stressing the importance of participation and deliberation when facing relevant regulatory dilemmas.

Keywords:   virtue ethics, bioethics, practical reason, justice, equity, health

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