A Classical-Liberal Response to the Crisis of Bioethics
By Lauren K. Hall
This article appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of The Independent Review.
As currently practiced, bioethics is largely irrelevant to those who are affected by new biomedical technology. The bioethics community could recover from this crisis by applying classical-liberal precepts about human nature and absolute power to crucial issues such as patient autonomy, physician responsibility, and human dignity.
Lauren K. Hall is an assistant professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.