Justice and the Possibility of Good Moralism in Bioethics

Matti Häyry*

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Moralism in bioethics and elsewhere means going beyond accepted moral principles, either by exaggerating good ethical concerns, by applying them to areas where they do not belong, or simply by assuming anything else than concrete physical or mental harm as normative guides. This paper explores the conceptual background of moralism especially in the consequentialist tradition, presents cases of allegedly bad moralism in the light of this exploration, introduces six approaches to justice, and argues that these approaches question our prevailing views on the goodness and badness of moralism in its various forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-263
Number of pages28
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • consequentialist tradition
  • ethics
  • harm principle
  • justice
  • moral principles
  • moralism
  • morality

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