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The Good, the Bad & the Difference by Randy Cohen

- Abstract

THERE IS no getting away from ethicists these days. The Nex- is database points to 45 articles in the Washington Post alone over the past year wherein ethicists can be found pronouncing on such issues as assisted suicide, war with Iraq, and what a parish should do about a male minister who has undergone a sex-change operation. Scrolling through the articles on-screen, one observes that though the peopledentified as ethicists are often heav- ily credentialed academics, the propositions they bring to the table are rarely different from what has come to the minds of ordinary char- acters like you and me.

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Dan Seligman is a contributing editor of Forbes.