Center for Bioethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2002


Reprinted from Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2002, pages 61-64.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, author Jonathan D. Moreno was affiliated with the University of Virginia. Currently March 2007, he is a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.


It has been a pleasure to read these papers and to contemplate their importance for what I believe to be a useful and provocative prism though which to view the field of bioethics: the nature of moral consensus. In my own most extended contribution to this literature, Deciding Together, I did not attempt to prescribe so much as to understand the role of moral consensus in the practice of bioethics. At the end of the book, I expressed the hope that it might help trigger an examination of bioethics and moral consensus. Though a few others shared my interest at that time (in particular Tris Engelhardt, for whose early encouragement I remain deeply grateful), with this set of stimulating papers the conversation has finally begun in earnest.



Date Posted: 20 March 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.