Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2017

DOI

10.21860/j.8.2.5

Publication Title

Jahr

First Page

227

Last Page

243

Volume

8

Issue

16

College/School

School of Medicine

Abstract

Understanding bioethical inquiry as ecosystem aligns that thinking about health conceptually close to public health ethics. Despite having roots in decades-long, culturally-diverse, and disciplinarily-broad concerns about the relationships of human beings to environment as manifest in the work of Fritz Jahr and Van Rensselaer Potter, medical "mainstream" bioethics has maintained a relatively narrow focus on individual health. The practical instantiations of bioethics are inconsistent both with the term's own historical international contexts and the ecosystemic nature of health, a concept of systems that includes both cultural and biological interactions. Following a growing number of international calls for such change in bioethics, this paper argues that a reinvigoration of bioethics demands transdisciplinary intersections of ecology, value, and health - as a bridge connecting across to the identified projects of public health ethics.

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