Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Tom Beauchamp: The Principlist Approach

Thursday, May 31 2007, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

This year’s Herndon lecturer*, Dr. Thomas Beauchamp, is one of the creators of the "principlist" approach to bioethics, which understands the principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice as critical directives in bioethical reflection.

Professor of Philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar in Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Beauchamp is widely known as the primary author of The Belmont Report and as co-author of The Principles of Biomedical Ethics.

Over the years, the principlist approach has become hugely popular and is probably the most familiar of all constructs in aiding bioethical thinking. Predictably, it has also received a considerable amount of critical commentary.

In his talk, Beauchamp will discuss the origins of the principlist approach, its critical evolution over the last three decades, and how principlism fares today in practical and theoretical bioethical reflection.

There will be a light dinner served at 6:30pm, and the lecture will start at 7:30pm. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to Paul Ficklin-Alred are required.

Beauchamp will preside over an invitation-only faculty workshop on the day following this evening lecture.

Please feel free to download the flyer for this event and post it prominently!

*Named for a retired Presbyterian campus minister, this lecture series is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and is also affiliated with the Office of the Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University. Traditionally, persons in many fields - such as health sciences, biology, law and theology - explore ethical issues in their work over dinner.

Contact: Paul Ficklin-Alred ( or 404.727.1208)
Location: Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center

“Contemporary Reflections on Ethical Theory and Decision Making:

Their Implications for Teaching Bioethics”

June 1, 2007

Rita Ann Rollins Room (864)

School of Public Health

Emory University

8:15 – 9:00 Breakfast and Introductions

9:00 – 9:45 “Is Ethical Theory Practical or Merely Theoretical?”

Tom Beauchamp

9:45 – 10:00 Group Discussion/Response

10:00 – 10:30 “A Weak Defense of Weak Ethical Theory?”

Nick Fotion

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:15 Group Discussion on Ethical Theory

11:15 – Noon “Virtue Ethics, Common Law, and Biomedical Policy Making”

Roberta Berry

“Moral Belief Formation: A Neuroethical Perspective”

John Banja

Noon – 12:30 Group Discussion on Making Ethical Decisions

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 “Conceptual Foundations in Teaching Animal Ethics”
Lori Marino

“Teaching Christian Ethics as Practical Reasoning”

Liz Bounds

“Can We Teach Ethics Without Teaching Ethical Theory?”

Mark Risjord

2:15 – 3:00 Group Discussion on Teaching Ethical Theory and Wrap Up

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John Banja, PhD

Assistant Director for Health Sciences & Clinical Ethics

Associate Professor of Clinical Ethics

Center for Ethics, Emory University

1462 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30322

(404) 712-4804

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