Title

Feminist Bioethics Meets Experimental Philosophy: Benefits of Embracing the Qualitative and Experiential

Publication Date

2012

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Abstract Experimental philosophers advocate expansion of philosophical methods to include empirical investigation into the concepts used by ordinary people in reasoning and action. We propose also including methods of qualitative social science, which we argue serve both moral and epistemic goals. Philosophical analytical tools applied to interdisciplinary research designs can provide ways to extract rich contextual information from subjects. We argue that this approach has important implications for bioethics; it provides both epistemic and moral reasons to use the experiences and perspectives of diverse populations to better identify underlying concepts as well as to develop effective interventions within particular communities.

Original Citation

Womack, C.A. & Mulvaney-Day, N. (2012). Feminist Bioethics Meets Experimental Philosophy: Benefits of Embracing the Qualitative and Experiential. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 5(1), 113-132.