Final Conclusion: Disentangling the Micro and the Macro in Bioethics

Aviad E. Raz, Silke Schicktanz

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Socio-empirically informed, theoretically reflective, and comparative studies of lay moralities and expert bioethics can reveal how individual meanings and cultural scripts are closely interwoven. Abstract norms, social practices, and personal experiences are balanced, adjusted and weighed against each other. Moreover, social science, ethics and political philosophy are already expressed in lay persons’ perceptions and thinking. Emphasizing the local and contextual nature of the problems of bioethics is not enough; it needs to be explored and compared so that shared issues can be elicited. The approach we suggest is useful for heterogeneous, pluralistic contexts that require a reflective juxtaposition of the macro and the micro. Such democratic deliberation can lead to the formulation of socially accepted directions for future practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Ethics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Ethics
ISSN (Print)2211-8101
ISSN (Electronic)2211-811X


  • Advance Directive
  • Empirical Ethic
  • Genetic Diagnostics
  • Professional Ethic
  • Slippery Slope Argument

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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