The Ethics Blog

A blog from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Month: April 2017

Fear of the unknown produces ghosts

What really can start feverish thought activity is facing an unclear threat. We do not really see what it is, so we fill the contours ourselves. At the seminar this week, we discussed what I think was such a case. A woman decided to test if she possibly had calcium deficiency. To her surprise, the […]

Trusting yourself

Trusting yourself, what does it mean? It can of course mean thinking that you always know best, trusting your strength to prevail over whoever and whatever you may meet in life. There is another form of trust in yourself, where you trust your uncertainty rather than your certainty. You respond to your uncertainty not by […]

Sliding down along the slippery slope

Debates on euthanasia, abortion or embryonic stem cell research frequently invoke slippery slope arguments. Here is an example of such reasoning: Legalizing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) at the end of life pushes healthcare morality in a dangerous direction. Soon, PAS may be practiced even on people who are not at the end of life and who […]