Ethics Expertise

History, Contemporary Perspectives, and Applications

  • Lisa Rasmussen

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 87)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lisa M. Rasmussen
    Pages 1-12
  3. A Guided Historical Tour

    1. Scott Labarge
      Pages 15-38
    2. Carrie-Ann Biondi Khan
      Pages 39-53
    3. Christopher Tollefsen
      Pages 55-71
    4. Dale E. Miller
      Pages 73-87
    5. Griffin Trotter
      Pages 103-122
  4. Contemporary Perspectives

  5. Contemporary Applications

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-279

About this book


The complexity of the modern world has led to increasing professional specialization. Experts in a variety of fields, including ethics, offer advice and solutions. But where professional expertise often involves mastering certain facts, ethics expertise is distinct. It is not clear, for example, whether moral expertise consists of knowledge of right and wrong, the ability to articulate implications of moral premises, or the display of an outstanding character oneself.

This volume examines philosophical conceptions of ethics expertise from both historical and contemporary perspectives, including applications of ethics expertise in such areas as bioethics consultation, expert witnessing and policy making. It will be of interest to scholars of moral philosophy as well as contemporary practitioners in many areas of bioethics.


Aristotle Ethical Expertise bioethics ethics health knowledge morality philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa Rasmussen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlabamaBirminghamUSA

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