from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A specialist in ethics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person, especially a philosopher, who studies principles governing right and wrong conduct.
- n. A person who advocates a particular set of principles governing right and wrong conduct.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is versed in ethics, or has written on ethics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A writer on ethics; one versed in ethical science.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a philosopher who specializes in ethics
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The title comes from a line in ethicist J. Howard Moore's The Universal Kinship (1906): "They are not conveniences, but cousins."
The ethicist is a critic, identifying and assessing research gone awry.
The concerns of the ethicist were the ones I wrote about in my previous post guess why.
It uses an "ethicist" to base its moral position on, and therein lies the rub.
Indeed, one of the Norwegian scenes that got omitted from the theatrical release of Sicko was an interview with a government "ethicist" whose job it is to make sure health care funds get invested in healthy - as in no harm to people - investments.
When the government-owned ABC and SBS TV and radio stations interview an 'ethicist', it's always one of them, but this identification is never made.
In fact, Tonti-Filippini has a lock on the "ethicist" position whenever the media quotes one, and he is not only is not identified as a Vatican emissary, but he lists himself as "independent".
You wouldn't have needed to call on the services of one of those people we nowadays call an "ethicist" to figure that out.
I don't know who appointed Dr Tonti-Filippini as a "ethicist", and why he feels he is any more qualified to tell people what to think than anybody else.
Come to think of it, Margaret Somerville, the "ethicist" who has been in the news recently for her vocal opposition to same-sex marriage, hails from McGill.