This essay presents complementarity as a novel feature of bioethical pluralism. First introduced by Neils Bohr in conjunction with quantum physics, complementarity in bioethics occurs when different perspectives account for equally important features of a situation but are mutually exclusive. Unlike conventional approaches to bioethical pluralism, which attempt in one fashion or another to isolate and choose between different perspectives, complementarity accepts all perspectives.As a result, complementarity results in a state of holistic, dynamic tension, rather than one that yields singular or final moral judgments.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Perspectives in Biology and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Medicine (miscellaneous)