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Earp, B.D., Lewis, J., Dranseika, V., & Hannikainen, I.
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Experimental Philosophical Bioethics and Normative Inference
In Press
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This paper explores an emerging sub-field of both empirical bioethics and experimental philosophy (“x-phi”), which has been called “experimental philosophical bioethics” (“bioxphi”). As an empirical discipline, bioxphi shares some features with moral psychology in that it seeks to understand and explain the underlying cognitive processes and situational factors that shape normative judgments (albeit with a particular focus on real-world decision making, especially in health care settings). Yet as a normative discipline situated within the broader field of bioethics, it also aims to contribute to substantive ethical questions about what should be done in a given context. What are some of the ways in which empirically-based bioxphi studies can inform normative questions in bioethics? In this paper we employ a case study approach to examine and critically evaluate four strategies from the recent literature for generating normative conclusions from empirical premises.
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