The Public Interest

The danger of absolutes

William A. Galston

Winter 2003

DESPITE my disagreement with some of its specific conclusions and recommendations, I have come to praise the report of the President’s Council on Bioethics, not to bury it. The report is distinguished by an extraordinary civility of tone, by which I mean not just mutually respectful language among the council members but something more, a model of how scholarly expertise can contribute to democratic deliberation and debate.

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