"'Tis madness, but there's method in't."
But is there?
There are many different ways of doing bioethics. It is a point of pride and of truth that bioethics is a multidisciplinary and sometimes an interdisciplinary activity. All of the constituent disciplines doubtless have their methods, but in the case of theoretical bioethics, thought of by philosophers or by those with a philosophical turn of mind as philosophical bioethics, there is a problem. What do we answer when asked what is our methodology? Or what methods will we use to address and answer the questions we ask or those of which are asked of us?
-John Harris, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
And thus begins the article introducing a multi-journal competition to answer the question "what are the methods of theoretical bioethics?" In something of a first, the winning entries will be published simultaneously in the following journals: AJOB, Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Nursing Ethics, and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. You can read the full details of the competition over at AJOB's blog.