New paper by Piotr Bystranowski, Vilius Dranseika & Tomasz Żuradzki
Piotr Bystranowski, Vilius Dranseika & Tomasz Żuradzki from BIOUNCERTAINTY project, published a new article: "The Disconnection That Wasn’t: Philosophy in Modern Bioethics from a Quantitative Perspective" in American Journal of Bioethics
AbstractBlumenthal-Barby et al. (2022) situate their discussion of philosophy and bioethics in the context of (report- edly) widely held assumption that, when compared to the early days of bioethics, the role of philosophy is now diminished across the field—the assumption we call the Disconnection Thesis. This assumption can be summarized, to use authors’ own words, by the phrase “philosophy’s glory days in bioethics are over.” While in no place of the article did they explicitly endorse the Disconnection Thesis, at least some of the authors had previously endorsed it in print (Savulescu 2015).
Such expressions of collective expert wisdom might be a valuable source of information on the discipline’s history, but they should not be accepted uncritically. Given the explosion in the size and scope of bioethical research in recent decades, any scholar’s familiarity with the area is necessarily based on selective reading and might be biased. Hence, in this commentary, we examine what kind of more rigorous evidence could corroborate the Disconnection Thesis. In other words, if the role of philosophy in bioethics has been indeed diminishing, what kind of observable patterns should we expect to see?