Beyond Binaries: Dissolving the Empirical/Normative Divide

Sarah Chan* (Corresponding Author), Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Giulia de Togni, Sonia Erikainen, Nayha Sethi, Kayo Takashima

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In bioethics, the contrast between normative and empirical approaches has commonly been aligned with disciplinary differences: bioethics defines itself as a form of normative inquiry, while empirical methods have traditionally been viewed as principally the tools of the social sciences (Chan and Coggon 2013). Framed in this way, the empirical bioethics enterprise appears as a form of “disciplinary sociality”: what can social science do for bioethics, we might ask; or, perhaps more equitably, what can bioethics and social science do together?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-19
Number of pages3
JournalAJOB empirical bioethics
Issue number1
Early online date25 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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