Rafael Capurro

Published in: Stefano Rodotà and Paolo Zatti (Eds.): Tratatto di Biodiritto, Vol. 1: Stefano Rodotà and Mariachiara Tallacchini (Eds.): Ambito e fonti del biodiritto. Milano: Giuffrè Ed. 2010, 849-860.

This is an updated and enlarged version of  Ethics and Public Policy with a Digital Environment published in: I. Alvarez, T. W. Bynum, J.A. de Assis Lopes, S. Rogerson (Eds.): Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference: The Transformation of Organisations in the Information Age: Social and Ethical Implications, Ethicomp 2002 (Lisabon 13-15 November 2002) Lisboa: Universidade Lusíada 2002, 319-327. It was also published in: The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) to the European Commission (Ed.): General Report 2000-2005. European Communities 2005, 19-25.



1. Ethics and Public Policy in the Western Tradition 
2. Ethics and Public Policy Within a Digital Networked Environment
3. Ethical Deliberation in the European Union
4. Conclusion


The question about the relation between ethics and public policy has a long tradition in Western philosophy. In the first part of this paper I will briefly refer to the classic (Aristotle) as well as the modern traditions (Hobbes, Kant). In the second part I address the issue of the role of public ethics committees. The establishment of ethics committees as part of the political system in conjunction with the possibilities offered by mass-media and the Internet allows ethics to be in between the political sphere and the civil society.  

Today's digital networked environment – including individual media, mass media and the Internet – changes the production, distribution, and use of ethical discourse not only with regard to ancient oral societies but also with regard to Modernity as based on printing technology. Political ethics conceived as a discourse in between public policy and society opens the possibility not only to reflect publicly on the foundations of morality including its legal fixation, but also to give politicians a space of reflection beyond the constraints of political parties. 

1. Ethics and Public Policy in the Western Tradition.

The relation between ethics, law, and public policy has a long tradition in western thought and practice going back to Plato's Leges where he stresses the importance of "introductions" (proimia) that should be used in order to make laws more understandable to citizens. [1]

Aristotle situated ethics within practical philosophy as related to politics opposing it to Plato's identity between both fields [2]. In the first book of the Politics he deals with economics, i.e., with questions concerning the administration of the house (oikos) and the family and he denies the Platonic conception of speaking synonymously about community (koinonia) with regard to the city as well as to the family. Later on it became a scholarly approach to conceive practical philosophy as consisting of three sub-disciplines, namely ethics, economics and politics, although Aristotle himself is not primarily concerned with the creation of such a triadic system. He distinguishes the private from the public sphere in contrast to the Platonic view that in a good organised city everything should be common to everybody. The unity of the city is, in other words, not of the same kind as the unity of the house or the unity of a single person [3]. This pertains, mutatis mutandis, also the question of happiness. According to Aristotle it is not possible to conceive the happiness of the state as a whole without considering at the same time that everybody or the majority or, at least, some people may become happy [4]. Plato's polis is a big family based on love and friendship while Aristotle treats friendship as an ethical virtue in the Nichomachean Ethics, i.e., he distinguishes the spheres of the individual and the polis without separating them completely. The medium that allows the passage between the spheres is language (logos).  

In the first book of the Politics Aristotle states that human beings are the only living beings "bearing language" (logon echei) which means that we can communicate with or "disclose" (deloun) to each other not only what is useful or damaging but also what is just or unjust. He concludes saying that "the commonality (koinonia) in these affairs creates the house and the state" [5]. Only gods or wild animals can live alone [6]. We can become good citizens and good persons through critical thinking (phronesis) and virtue (arete) within the legal framework of the state. But the virtues of civic life are not the same as the virtues of good life. Everybody should strive to become a good citizen (polites spoudaios), but this does not necessarily imply that one would become a good person (aner agathos) and vice versa, becoming a good person is not identical with becoming a good citizen within a given state constitution [7]. In some states the virtues necessary to become a good person are the same as the ones to become a good citizens, but in other states they are not. And even in an ideal state the virtues of a person and the ones of a citizen coincide only in the case of the state leader or the community of state leaders "taking care of the common affairs" (tes ton koinon epimeleias) [8]. The polis is indeed not only based on law but also on the ethical virtue of friendship (philia) "which has to do with the same kind of things and persons as the law" [9], but friendship is of different kind within various political systems and social relations. Political friendship does not presuppose that everything should be common to everybody, and for this reason Aristotle criticises Plato's state [10]. In other words, the polis is conceived as a legal as well as a moral community (koinonia) of free and equal citizens which means, for instance, the exclusion of slaves [11]. Its final aim is not just living but good living (eu zen) [12]. 

The Aristotelian conception of the relation between ethics and public policy stresses the idea that the passage between moral and the political sphere is done through language as the constitutive medium of the polis. We are naturally political beings (anthropos physei politikon zoon), i.e., we create a moral and legal state on the basis of language in contrast to other living beings [13]. Aristotle points in this context to oral speech (phone). The polis is indeed primarily an oral and moral society based on written laws. What is written is only the general (katholou). Then, according to Aristotle, it is impossible to determine every specific action (praxis) in detail (akribos). The political order (politike taxis) concerns the general and the particular (kath' hekaston). Through oral and written deliberation as discussed by Aristotle in his Rhetoric, we may "cautiously" (eulabeia) change written laws in order not to suggest that they should not be taken seriously but to indicate that in fact it takes a lot of time until they become customary [14]. Written laws are based on political morality or ethos and could be changed through ethical deliberation. 

The relation between the citizen and the person changes dramatically with the arrival of Modernity. Hobbes' Leviathan is a rational and artificial institution in contrast to the ancient polis which has a natural and moral form of living. He writes: "NATURE (the Art whereby God hath made and governes the World) is by the Art of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that i can make an Artificial Animal (...) For by Art is created that great LEVIATHAN called a COMMON-WEALTH, or STATE, (in latine CIVITAS) which is but an Artificiall Man" [15]. The political body is defined as "the Unity of the Representer, not the Unity of the Represented" [16].

 The "finall Cause, End, or Designe of men, who naturally love Liberty, and Dominion over others)" is not "good life" but the institution by "covenant" of a "Common-Wealth" through which the original "condition of Warre" may be overcome [17]. Hobbes postulates a fundamental difference between the individuals under the "Lawes of Nature" and  their life under the commands of the Leviathan. The moral substance of the polis is usurped by the Sovereign who represents by his own unity the "Multitude". Ethos and, correspondingly, ethical deliberation disappear. As Rüdiger Bubner remarks, the modern contractual theory becomes dominant in modern Western political thought up to the present [18], with one major exception, namely Hegel [19].  

Furthermore, Kant's conception of morality ("Moralität") as opposed to legality ("Legalität") differs basically from the Aristotelian conception of ethos and its intimate relation with the written laws of the polis and (oral) ethical deliberation. For Kant there is a fundamental difference between the law in its relation with an external action (legality), and with the internal motivations of such actions (morality) [20]. But this dichotomy should not be seen as an absolute disconnection between the objective sphere of the citizen and the subjective sphere of the person or between political action and theoretical thinking. Kant conceives the task of enlightenment as the possibility of using our own reason in order to criticise a given state of affairs in scientific, religious, moral, and political fields. At the core of his political philosophy, as developed for instance in his famous "Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?" [21], he points to the possibility of influencing the "moral condition of the people" ("Sinnesart des Volks") as well as the "principles of  government" ("die Grundsätze der Regierung") through "free thinking" ("freies Denken"). In order to achieve this, he is less concerned with the enlargement of "civil liberty" ("bürgerlicher Freiheit") than with having no censorship in the field of the diffusion of scientific ideas on the basis of written or, more precisely, of printed works ("Schriften"). This kind of liberty is called "liberty of mind of the people" ("Freiheit des Geistes des Volks") [22]. In another essay Kant stresses the social nature of knowledge in contrast to a solipsistic and idealistic conception. He states that we can only think if we can communicate ("mitteilen") our thoughts to others and vice versa  [23]. In other words, the mediation between ethics and public policy is conceived as mainly a theoretical task to be achieved on the basis of censorship-free and printed diffusion of critical scientific thinking.  

Hegel criticises Kant's dichotomy between legality and morality. He conceives the traditional concept of ethos as the moral substance of the state ("Sittlichkeit") in the sense of a process of liberty mediated not just through censorship-free distribution of critical knowledge but through the historical shaping of political institutions [24]. According to Marx and Engels the working class is the real historical mediation of ethical ideas and moral ideals [25]. 

Present societies, at least in Western democracies, are basically influenced by contractual, moral and historical paradigms. Moral traditions build the basis of the "pacts and covenants" of democratic constitutions. This is particularly obvious, for instance, with regard to such concepts as human dignity or pursuit of happiness. Both, moral traditions and legal systems are subject to historical changes. But modern democracies, including supranational political structures, are, of course, neither the "Leviathan" nor the ancient polis 

From the beginning of Modernity ethical reflection takes place within academic institutions as well as within political bodies, mainly the parliament. These two places correspond to the modern distinction between theory and practice. Mass-media, particularly the press, play a key role in the mediation between public policy and the civil society. Freedom of the press is a conditio sine qua non of modern democracies which become increasingly influenced by broadcasting media (radio and Tv). Democracy is more and more a matter of mediocracy.   

2. Ethics and Public Policy Within a Digital Networked Environment.

In late 20th Century the Internet emerges as a decentralised digital and global medium. Users, individuals and groups, can become not only receivers of a hierarchical one-to-many sender structure as in the case of mass-media but can be at the same time senders and receivers with several options: one-to-many, many-to-one, many-to-many, some-to-many, one-to-one etc. This digital networked environment  creates new opportunities for ethical, legal, and political discourse as well as for individual and social political action. Beyond the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of the press the question of freedom of access becomes a key ethical issue of the so-called information society in the 21st Century [26]. 

Modern society is also influenced by revolutionary and accelerated changes in science and technology that challenge in different ways some basic implicit and explicit moral assumptions and legal norms. This is one main reason why there is a growing need for ethical reflection on morality and law particularly in the field of biotechnology. In the last ten years or so public ethics committees have been created within the political system in order to give advice to the parliament as well as to the executive branches particularly in the fields of biotechnology and information technology. Ethics is no longer restricted to academic institutions  but becomes part of the political, legal, and  the social debate as carried out until now mainly through mass-media and in the academic sphere. Instead of ethics and public policy we find ethics in public policy. In modern democracies ethics is carried out in such contexts as: 

  • The Parliament
  • Academic institutions
  • Mass-media 
  • Internet
  • Public ethics committees
Ethics committees are set up not only in the political sphere but also in civil society. In particular biotechnology firms have often their own consulting groups. What are the functions of such committees? What is their relation to political and legal institutions as well as to the public sphere? And how does this discourse take place within a digital environment? These are complex questions that should be carefully studied not only with regard to the differences between the contexts but also with regard to their mutual interactions. In the following I will only consider the role of ethics bodies within public policy. 

As modern science and technology often challenge basic moral assumptions they provoke directly or indirectly a crisis or at least a basic insecurity with regard to moral standards that are either sanctioned by law or remain tacit presuppositions. In secularised societies these conflicts find no longer a solution based on religious authority, although religion plays an important role in the shaping of morality. The rise of ethics as a public discourse may be thus interpreted as a symptom of the moral crisis arising in complex modern societies that can neither be solved by an implicit or explicit moral tradition nor by a state policy alone. Of course, a common ethos is not based just on rational discourse. What is new in the present situation is that ethics is considered to belong to the public debate at an institutional political level. 

Public ethics committees are a place in which critical reflection on moral presuppositions of legal and political options can take place. Their object (objectum materiale) of deliberation are such options and their moral presuppositions arising particularly but not exclusively out of new discoveries and inventions in the fields of biology and biotechnology. Their perspective (objectum formale) is a scientific, not a political one. Public ethics committees have a deliberative character, i.e., they do not intend to just sanction a given morality and should not be used as political instruments for moral control of society. They are supposed to provide a sound and independent argumentation and to facilitate judgement that should help politicians and society to get a more transparent view of the intricacies of scientific, technical, and legal issues as seen from an ethical viewpoint. This kind of ethics council should not predetermine or even substitute the political decision-making that should be carried out in the parliament. Public ethics committees also do not substitute the social debate that takes place, for instance, in civic face-to-face meetings or in the mass-media [27]. They are, in other words, instruments for public awareness. They do not owe per se a specific moral authority. Their members should be qualified by their ethical and not only by their scientific or legal expertise. Being in between society and public policy within a digital networked environment, public ethics committees should use not only the digital tools offered by the information society for their own work but they should be also present in the mass-media arena including the Internet.

In June 3, 2002 the German Federal Foreign Office and the French Ministry  of Foreign Affairs in conjuction with the National Ethics Council of the Federal Republic of Germany and the National Consultative Ethics Committee for Health and Life Sciences of the French Republic organised a conference: "Towards a global bioethic? An intercultural policy dialogue"   and invited 70 persons involved in bioethics from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe to discuss whether there is a minimum consensus on a global bioethics acceptable to all. The final statement of the conference, accessible at the web site of the German Federal Foreign Office, is a good example of the role of national ethics committees in the international political discussion. It states, for instance, that "there is a growing consensus that bioethical and related biopolicy issues need to be reflected in an international context taking into account the philosophical, cultural and religious values of different societies." The participants stressed the "necessity for education and capacity building in the field of bioethics to develop the ability of the national communities and stake holders to take informed positions and to establish procedures for ethics review committees and informed consent." [Auswärtiges Amt 2002]

3. Ethical Deliberation in the European Union.

Ethical deliberation at a European level is based on core values as stated in the "Charter of Fundamental Rights", the European Union being not only an economic and political union but also a "community of values" like human dignity, freedom, autonomy, privacy and data protection, safety and solidarity [28].

These values are mentioned in the EU Treaties such as the "Convention of Human Rights and Biomedicine" of the Council of Europe, EU Directives, Parliament Resolutions, Council Decisions, Communications and Green Papers as well as in documents by other international organizations such as the United Nations' "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" or UNESCO's "Declaration of the Human Genome and Human Rights".

Ethical deliberation is part of the EU Projects. Since FP 5 (1998-2002) the European Union has incorporated fundamental ethical principles as a precondition for the funding process.

The activities of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies are a good example of how a public ethics committee is deployed in between society and public policy. In December 1997 the European Commission set up the European Group on Ethics (EGE) to succeed the Group of Advisers on the Ethical Implications of Biotechnology (GAEIB 1991-1997). On 2001 the Commission has appointed twelve members for the period 2001-2004, On 2005 the Commission appointed fifteen members and amended the EGE remit in order to strengthen the role of the Group. The Group is a neutral, independent, pluralist and multidisciplinary body. The experts are appointed by the Commission for their expertise and personal qualities. In order to face the ethical issues that are arising with the rapid advances in science and technology, the Members represent a broad range of professional competences in different disciplines such as, inter alia, biology and genetics, medicine, pharmacology, agricultural sciences, ICT, law, ethics, philosophy, and theology.

The task of the Group is to examine ethical questions arising from science and new technologies and on this basis to issue Opinions to the European Commission in connection with the preparation and implementation of Community legislation or policies. The Group may prepare an Opinion either at the request of the Commission or on its own initiative. The Parliament and the Council may draw the Commission's attention to questions which they consider of major ethical importance.

The Group’s regular working meetings are not open to the public. According to its Mandate, for the purposes of preparing its opinions and within the limits of the available resources for this action, the EGE:

  • may invite experts having a specific competence, to guide and inform the work of the EGE if this is deemed useful and/or necessary,
  • may initiate studies in order to collect all necessary scientific and technical information,
  • may set up working groups to consider specific issues,
  • will organize public a round table in order to promote dialogue and improve transparency for each opinion that it produces,
  • will  establish close links the Commission departments involved in the topic the Group is working on,
  • may establish closer links with representatives of the various ethics bodies in the European Union and in the applicant countries.

During its last two terms the Group has issued the following Opinions:

Period 2005-2009
Opinion No. 25 - 17/11/2009 - Ethics of synthetic biology
Opinion No. 24 - 17/12/2008 - Ethics of modern developments in agricultural technologies
Opinion No. 23 - 16/01/2008 - Ethical aspects of animal cloning for food supply
Opinion No. 22 - 13/07/2007 - The ethics review of hESC FP7 research projects
Opinion No. 21 - 17/01/2007 - Ethical aspects of nanomedicine

Period 2000-2005
Opinion No. 20 - 16/03/2005 - Ethical aspects of ICT Implants in the Human Body
Opinion No. 19 - 16/03/2004 - Ethical aspects of umbilical cord blood banking
Opinion No. 18 - 28/07/2003 - Ethical aspects of genetic testing in the workplace
Opinion No. 17 - 04/02/2003 - Ethical aspects of clinical research in developing countries
Opinion No. 16 - 07/05/2002 - Ethical aspects of patenting inventions involving human stem cells.

The preparatory work for the creation of such Opinions includes monthly face-to-face meetings as well as exchanges particularly on e-mail basis. Before the Opinion is adopted aa roundtable is held to which representatives of the institutions of the European Union, experts of the fields, parties representing different interests, including NGOs, patients and consumer organisations and industrial stakeholders, are invited to participate in the debate.
The Group works closely with the EGE Secretariat. Every opinion is published immediately after its adoption. Where an Opinion is not adopted unanimously, it includes any dissenting point of view. The Opinions are made known at a press conference and distributed to the Member States. They are also accessible at the EGE web site.
The Group has established closer links to the Forum of National Ethics Councils (NECs)  of the European Union that starated its activities in 2003 as well as to the International Dialogue on Bioethics, organized by President Barroso's Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) starting in 2009. This is an important step towards an intercultural dialogue on ethical issues on a global level.
Most European and non-European national and international ethics committees have been created in the ninetees. UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee (IBC) was created in 1993. The first opinion of the French ethics committee (Comité Consultatif National d'Éthique) dates from 22.5.1984: "Opinion on sampling of dead human embryonic and fetal tissue for therapeutic, diagnostic, and scientific purposes". The Steering Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe dates from 1992.
US President George W. Bush created The President's Council on Bioethics on the basis of the Executive Order 13237 from November 28, 2001. Most ethics committees are in fact committees on bioethics. The EGE was the first international body to address ethical issues in such a broad context.
Although the EGE Opinions have the status of non-binding advices, they can influence political decision-making particularly when they are incorporated as reference documents in Council Decisions as well as through its advisory role to the European Commission.
In sum, EGE, National Ethics Committees, NeCs, Forum, Expert studies and roundtables with participantss of social groups as well as other forms of promoting the science-society dialogue are at the core of the European deliberation process on ethical values at EU level no less that at the level of EU member states.

4. Conclusion.

Modern science and technology challenge basic philosophic assumptions and provoke thus directly or indirectly a crisis, or at least a basic insecurity, with regard to moral standards that were either sanctioned by law or remained tacit moral presuppositions. The rise of ethics within the political arena may be interpreted as a symptom of a moral crisis within modern societies. The role of public ethics committees should be one of strengthening the capacity of reflection being traditionally done in such places as the parliament, the academic sphere and the mass-media.  

It would be a moralistic fallacy to conceive this activity as a kind of control of ethics on politics or even on society [29]. Ethics, public policy and society should be regarded as relatively independent and interactive spheres. Otherwise ethics committees may become less a challenge than a danger for responsible autonomous political decision-making. Ambitious ethical universality may also forget the difficult historical process of creating a common ethos where differences are not just tolerated but respected as an essential characteristic of humanity.


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  2. Bien, Die Grundlegung der politischen Philosophie bei Aristoteles, Freiburg, Karl Alber Verlag, 1985.
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