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The ethics of evidence


Biller-Andorno, Nikola; Wild, Verina (2012). The ethics of evidence. Hastings Center Report, 42(6):29-30.

Abstract

Basing normative judgment and policy on a rich empirical account of the issue at hand is usually a good idea. But doing nothing and awaiting further evidence can sometimes itself be bad judgment. This is the case with female genital cutting. We already know what is needed to define the conditions under which female genital cutting is morally unacceptable and that we can legitimately act on this knowledge.

Abstract

Basing normative judgment and policy on a rich empirical account of the issue at hand is usually a good idea. But doing nothing and awaiting further evidence can sometimes itself be bad judgment. This is the case with female genital cutting. We already know what is needed to define the conditions under which female genital cutting is morally unacceptable and that we can legitimately act on this knowledge.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:17 Jan 2013 12:27
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:16
Publisher:Hastings Center
ISSN:0093-0334
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/hast.92
Official URL:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hast.92/abstract

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