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Experiments in DemocracyHuman Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics$
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179546

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.001.0001

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Confusing Deliberation

Confusing Deliberation

(p.179) 5 Confusing Deliberation
Experiments in Democracy

J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Columbia University Press

Chapter 5 examines the politics surrounding George W. Bush’s embryonic stem cell policy, and in particular debates over what terms should be used in public debate about human cloning. It examines the approach of the President’s Council on Bioethics to ground its deliberations in a shared language that would open up space for ethical disagreement, rather that limit it in the name of producing consensus. The Council’s project of finding a common language was appropriated by a group of scientists who set about to reform the language employed in public deliberation.

Keywords:   Bush Administration, President’s Council on Bioethics, Terminology, Cloning, public bioethical debate, Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer

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