Dax redacted: The economies of truth in bioethics

Tod Chambers*

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Most ethicists have paid little attention to the rhetorical features of case presentations. In order to examine the constructed nature of bioethics cases, this paper examines the literary characteristics of four presentations of Donald "Dax" Cowart's story. By comparing tellings of the same case, a pattern of redaction is revealed by which the tellers conceal the very features that would challenge the perspectives taken in their arguments. In conclusion, the issue of the applied nature of bioethics is examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-302
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Medical ethics
  • Narratology
  • Rhetoric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Philosophy


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