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Intercultural global bioethics
  1. Yaw Frimpong-Mansoh
  1. Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Department, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yaw Frimpong-Mansoh, Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Department, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099, USA; frimpongma1{at}

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Over the last two decades or so, the need to decolonise bioethics and make it inclusive, equitable and accommodative of voices from the traditionally marginalised global South has received increasing attention in academic scholarship. The recent publication by Pratt and de Vries offers a very comprehensive critical analysis and thoughtful overview of the issue, using global health ethics as its starting point.1 I fundamentally agree with their characterisation of the issue as an ‘epistemic justice’ problem. I further find their recommended conceptual and practical ideas for measuring epistemic injustice and ethical responsibilities to promote epistemic justice very thoughtful and insightful. However, I find their responses to possible objections to their arguments a bit hasty and unclear, especially the idea that ‘greater epistemic justice calls for global health ethics to advance a transcultural framework of ethical values and principles’ (p. 7). They look ambiguous on their position on the fundamental global bioethical question regarding the possibility of an intercultural ethical framework. I think the question of whether there are global ethical values and principles that are commonly shared among human beings in the global world is a fair and legitimate issue that deserves deep attention and a persuasive answer by those who call for more inclusive and equitable global bioethics. I attempt to flesh out this issue in a bit more detail to further enrich the discussion.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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