Interactive technology assessment and wide reflective equilibrium.
SourceJournal of Medicine and Philosophy, 26, 3, (2001), pp. 245--61
Article / Letter to editor
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Medical Technology Assessment
Ethics, Philosophy, History of Medical Sciences
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
SubjectCentre for Ethics; Health care practices and chronic disorders. Bioethical, philosophical and historical perspectives; Gezondheidszorgpraktijken en chronische aandoeningen; Medical Informatics; Medical Technology Assessment
Interactive technology assessment (iTA) provides an answer to the ethical problem of normative bias in evaluation research. This normative bias develops when relevant perspectives on the evaluand (the thing being evaluated) are neglected. In iTA this bias is overcome by incorporating different perspectives into the assessment. As a consequence, justification of decisions based on the assessment is provided by stakeholders having achieved agreement. In this article, agreement is identified with wide reflective equilibrium to show that it indeed has the potential of justifying decisions. We work out several conditions for this agreement to be achievable and just.
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