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A Path Forward—and Outward: Repositioning Bioethics to Face Future Challenges

Abstract: This essay explores what the future may hold for bioethics if it continues its evolution toward a field that embraces systemic, collective-level challenges; has a global scale and focus; emphasizes human flourishing; and seeks to have increased societal impact. As The Hastings Center considers strategic priorities for its research, public engagement, and impact, this essay reflects on where we have been and where we are going. It offers an expansive and inclusive vision for the future of bioethics, in order to invite an open and wide-ranging conversation about the future of our field and the role that The Hastings Center can and should play within it.

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