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Persona y Bioética

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On-line version ISSN 0123-3122

Abstract

VALERA, Luca  and  TERRANOVA, Corrado. AN ETHICAL DILEMMA IN THE FIELD OF GYNECOLOGY. pers.bioét. [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.1, pp.62-69. ISSN 2027-5382.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5294/PEBI.2016.20.1.6.

The aim of this paper is to assess a case report in the field of gynecology, starting from an ethical paradigm that relates primarily to the so-called "sources of morality" (objective structure, circumstances, aim). In order to do so, we first will present four ethical paradigms for the evaluation of clinical cases (preference utilitarianism, principlism, ontologically-grounded personalism and Aristotelian/Thomist objective ethics). After introducing the main aspects of these paradigms and pointing out that what matters in an ethical evaluation is not so much the final judgement, but rather the argument that leads to it, we will assess the case report in light of the chosen paradigm. Lastly, we will outline a possible solution to the problem, starting from the previous ethical evaluation.

Keywords : Objective ethics; bioethics; infertility; applied ethics; ethical evaluation; ontologically-grounded personalism; principlism; preference utilitarianism.

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