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Bioethics Seminar: How the Philosophy gets in

In this seminar I consider the role that Bioethics plays in Health Law. I will outline how we draw upon philosophical norms when we explain, criticise, justify, and reform the law, and how we also draw upon philosophical norms when we interpret, substantiate, qualify, and expand, legal standards. However, I will argue that it does not follow from this interaction between philosophy and law that normative philosophy has a foundational role to play in health law.

Normative philosophy does not ‘guide and reform’ health law 'from a superior position of oversight'. Instead, perhaps controversially, normative philosophy 'occupies a subordinate position' of 'being used as a tool’ for reasoning about, and reasoning according to, the law.

Speaker: Jesse Wall

Date Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone+64 3 471 6120

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