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Methods in Bioethics

Encyclopaedias of Religion and Ethics
Ethics research may use empirical or hypothesis-based methods (similar to science) and theoretical or principle-based methods (as in traditional philosophy).
While many of our research interests concentrate on questions of applied and practical ethics, often with a focus on a particular technology or medical issue, we also conduct research at the level of more abstract philosophy. Such investigations are important to the development of new modes of bioethical thought and therefore to the field of bioethics as a whole.

EMPIRE: The Empirical Methods in Bioethics project (EMPIRE, 2000-04), involving ten European centres and coordinated in Manchester, studied the role of empirical research in bioethics, and how empirical findings could be used in ethical analysis.

Researchers working in this area include: