Contemporary Moral Issues: Diversity and Consensus by Lawrence M. HinmanNCBI Bookshelf. In , a group of 33 physicians, bioethicists, and medical economists from ten different countries met at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, to formulate guidelines for stopping medical treatment. Apart from minority dissents on two matters of detail, the guidelines were endorsed by the group as a whole and subsequently published as "The Appleton Consensus: Suggested International Guidelines for Decisions to Forego Medical Treatment" Stanley et al. What, if anything, is added to the value of such guidelines by the inclusion of "consensus" in the title? Does consensus give special credence or authority to this and similar outcomes of group deliberation? Should members of such groups be encouraged to strive for consensus? Or is preoccupation with consensus likely to obscure important differences, leading in many cases to recommendations so general or abstract as to be practically useless?
Contemporary Moral Issues: Diversity and Consensus
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