Xavier Symons John Keown*
Bioethics discourse is often divided into two broad
categories: utilitarian perspectives and so-called
deontological or Kantian approaches to ethics. An
alternative viewpoint that receives far less attention is a
natural law perspective on ethics and medicine. The natural
law approach emphasizes interests or ends common to all
members of humanity, and offers a teleological account of
morality and human flourishing.
Professor John Keown of Georgetown University's Kennedy
Institute for Ethics recently co-authored a book on natural law
with the late Georgetown Professor Alfonso Gómez-Lobo. The book
Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law
Bioethics. The Deputy Editor of BioEdge, Xavier Symons,
interviewed Professor Keown about his latest work.