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More Altruism, Please

Niall Scott
From the journal


This paper addresses the need for more attention to be paid to altruism as a fundamentally underpinning any bioethical enquiry. I argue along with Bernard Williams that altruism is necessary to morality, and if this is the case, it is necessary for bioethics. In following a Kantian line on altruism, I take issue with the consequentialist component of Beau-champ and Childress treatment of beneficence, and argue that altruism paired with solidarity is a better match. However, even here it is my contention that altruism is required to give solidarity normative force.

Published Online: 2009-02-26
Published in Print: 2008-November