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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal
SJR: 0.123

ISSN Print: 2151-805X
ISSN Online: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2015013085
pages 301-312

Ethics as Analysis and Ethics as Feelings: The Interplay of Cognition and Emotion on Ethics Education in Biology, Engineering and Medicine

William E. Kastenberg
Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720-1730

ABSTRACT

In this paper, I describe an expanded context for addressing values, ethics, and morality in the teaching, training, and the practices of science, engineering, and medicine. This expanded context not only recognizes the importance of emotion in ethical decision-making and moral behavior, it is also based on its primacy. In addition, I introduce the concept of "moral emoting" as an antecedent to "moral reasoning." Moral emoting enables a process of engaging with and receiving emotional response so that reframing and reflection can take place. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of adopting such a context.


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