Between Facts & Norms
An Ethical Analysis of the Relationship between
Empirical & Normative Approaches in Bioethics
with a Focus on Carrier Testing in Minors

By Pascal Borry
Acta Biomedica Lovaniensia, No. 348
November 2005
Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9058674940
205 pages, Illustrated, 6” x 9 ½”
$99.50 Paper Original

This is a Ph.D. thesis. The overall objective of this research project is to analyze how normative and empirical approaches in bioethics should relate to each other in the process of ethical decision-making. This research project delineated five specific research objectives. Firstly, this research project wants to analyze the evolution and nature of empirical studies in the field of bioethics.

Secondly, this research project aims at analyzing the reasons for the limited involvement of social scientists in bioethics and the reasons for the unwelcoming stance of bioethics scientists in bioethics and the reasons for unwelcoming stance of bioethics towards contributions from empirical sciences in the past.

Medical Ethics

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