Bioethical pluralism and complementarity

Frederick Grinnell, Jeffrey P. Bishop, Laurence B. McCullough

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-349
Number of pages12
JournalPerspectives in Biology and Medicine
Volume45
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

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Grinnell, F., Bishop, J. P., & McCullough, L. B. (2002). Bioethical pluralism and complementarity. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 45(3), 338-349.

Bioethical pluralism and complementarity. / Grinnell, Frederick; Bishop, Jeffrey P.; McCullough, Laurence B.

In: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2002, p. 338-349.

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Grinnell, F, Bishop, JP & McCullough, LB 2002, 'Bioethical pluralism and complementarity', Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 338-349.
Grinnell, Frederick ; Bishop, Jeffrey P. ; McCullough, Laurence B. / Bioethical pluralism and complementarity. In: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 2002 ; Vol. 45, No. 3. pp. 338-349.
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