Teaching medical students: more room for an ethical ‘differential analysis’, please?
The annual European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) Conference in 2006 was held in Leuven, Belgium, with the theme and title New Pathways for European Bioethics . Contributions to the conference were collected in a book, and the editors proposed four thematic areas as having key roles in the future of European bioethics (Gastmans et al., 2007: 1). First, the relatively new relationship of the discipline of bioethics to the social sciences, a meeting point which had become known conceptually as ‘empirical ethics’. Second, the relationship of bioethics to law and politics. Third, bioethical reflection on new technologies; and, finally – the area that plays an important role in his chapter – the approach of care ethics, which can be viewed as a correcting or supplementary element to the often dominant four principles approach postulated by Tom Beauchamp and James Childress (Nortvedt, 2007; Vanlaere and Gastmans, 2007; Verkerk, 2007; Beauchamp and Childress, 2008).