Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2008
Toby L. Schonfeld
Messages from the Margins
Lessons from Feminist Bioethics
This essay refutes the charge of relativism levied against religious approaches to bioethics by using Jewish bioethics as a case study. I demonstrate how an approach to ethics that includes particular spiritualities need not be essentialist but can better respect a patient's values, goals, and priorities. Recognizing the value of listening to silenced voices and showing how the identification of a nonhomogenous group can yield important insights for ethics, feminist approaches have paved the way for a reintroduction of religious approaches to mainstream ethical discourse.