Progress in Bioethics

From Basic Bioethics

Progress in Bioethics

Science, Policy, and Politics

Edited by Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger

Foreword by Harold Shapiro

Leading scholars debate politically progressive perspectives on bioethics and the implications for society, politics, and science in the twenty-first century.





Leading scholars debate politically progressive perspectives on bioethics and the implications for society, politics, and science in the twenty-first century.

Bioethics has become increasingly politicized over the past decade. Conservative voices dominated the debate at first, but the recent resurgence of progressivism and the application of its fundamental values (social justice, critical optimism, practical problem solving) to bioethical issues have helped correct this ideological imbalance. Progress in Bioethics is the first book to debate the meaning of progressive bioethics and to offer perspectives on the topic both from bioethicists who consider themselves progressive and from bioethicists who do not. It aims to begin a dialogue and to provide a foothold for readers interested in understanding the field.

The chapter authors, leading scholars in the field, discuss the meaning of progressive bioethics, the rise of conservative bioethics, the progressive stance toward biotechnology, the interplay of progressive bioethics and religion, and progressive approaches to such specific policy issues as bioethics commissions, stem cell research, and health-care reform.


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Jonathan D. Moreno

Jonathan D. Moreno is David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics and of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Sam Berger

Sam Berger is an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.


Harold Shapiro.


  • This volume is a 'veritable manifesto' of the progressivist bioethicist perspective on the major issues of the bioethical movement today.

    Edmund D. Pellegrino

    The Quarterly Review of Biology

  • The essays in this book are beautifully written, with each author presenting a well-reasoned thesis in an eloquent and passionate yet respectful and civil manner. In an age in which controversy is all too often accompanied by confrontation and argumentative discourse, the overall tone of this anthology is refreshing. The book successfully meets the goal of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of progressivism in bioethics...For scholars, clinicians, and policy-makers whose work is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the primary intellectual debate in bioethics, Progress in Bioethics offers a provocative and stimulating educational experience.

    Andrew R. Barnosky

    Journal of the American Medical Association


  • Finally we have a thorough exploration of the nature and implications of a progressive approach to bioethics, a needed counterweight to conservative attitudes toward science. Progress in Bioethics deserves a place on the shelf of every thoughtful person interested in the intersection of science, ethics, and public policy.

    Chris Mooney

    author of The Republican War on Science

  • The essays in this important volume taught me a great deal about how to think about the issues at the intersection of politics science and ethics. It's a subject deserving of every progressive person's attention and as the nuanced arguments herein suggest the answer to the question of what constitutes a liberal bioethics is complex which makes this volume all the more indispensable a guide.

    Michael Tomasky

    Editor, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas