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12.08.2004

"The Vice of Compassion"

Given the tendency of bioethicists to hold the corporations that employ them to a very flexible, if not low, standard of ethics, it's good to know that the author of this essay sits on the President's Bioethics Council.

It's a long essay. Here's one of the strong points:
No one can be against compassion, of course, and no one should be against it when it is properly understood. But the debased currency of compassion in our public discourse today is by no means the real virtue itself. The meaning of compassion has been isolated entirely from any larger moral framework which might give it direction and set limits to what can be done in its name.
Glenn Reynolds, take note.

DOC will be glad to know that his favorite author is invoked.

-D. Brown
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