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Why Religious Discourse Has a Place in Medical Ethics: An Example from Jewish Medical Ethics

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Studies in Judaism, Humanities, and the Social Sciences

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Fall 2017




This article will lay out the different rhetorical strategies that exist in religious discourse on topics related to medical ethics. In demonstrating that religious ethicists use different rhetorical strategies, depending on their goals and audiences, this essay attempts to show how recognition of the different strategies is a first step to finding practical tools to assist in dialogue between individuals and groups in multicultural settings. By understanding how to account for these different rhetorical strategies when considering arguments from different religious groups and in negotiating norms and values in the public square, public discourse related to medical ethics can be enriched, and, importantly, ways to avoid or at least ameliorate ethical conflict or tension between people and groups in a multicultural environment may be found.

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