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date: 21 August 2019

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Bioethics is not only concerned with analyzing the actions of individual moral agents; it also analyses policy decisions and thereby has an interface with political philosophy. Bioethicists often give unsolicited policy advice, but many also have more official roles on various kinds of ethics committees advising political decision-makers. This article aims to discuss the issues that arise when a state or other lower public authority has to make policy decisions in areas where there is at the same time moral and scientific uncertainty.

Keywords: policy decisions, policy-making, pluralistic societies, moral agents, political philosophy, policy advice, public authority

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