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The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 17, Issue 4, Winter 2017

Dominic R. Mangino
Pages 595-603
DOI: 10.5840/ncbq201717461

The Internal Morality of Conscience
A Response to Ronit Stahl and Ezekiel Emanuel

This essay challenges the relevance of the primary analogy in Ronit Stahl and Ezekiel Emanuel’s article “Physicians, Not Conscripts: Conscientious Objection in Health Care.” The author then proposes an alternative, classi­cally inspired model of conscience based on the work of E. Christian Brugger, Edmund Pellegrino, and Alasdair MacIntyre. This teleological model enables a more robust analysis of conscience claims than does Stahl and Emanuel’s social-constructivist framework.