Democracy and bioethics


  • Diego Gracia Guillén Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España.


Upon the last 30 years Bioethics has permanently been promoting democratic participation in health care contexts through procedures oriented to decision-making that considers the interests of everyone involved. These procedures imply a continual joined deliberative practice aimed at reaching nuanced and fair solutions. This experience of bioethics allows us to suggest, in a broad sense, the relationship between it and democracy since it has become necessary and urgent to correct democratic deficiencies trying to build it up not only participative but also deliberative.


modernity, democracy, legitimacy, deliberation, participation.

Author Biography

Diego Gracia Guillén, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España.

Doctor en Medicina. Director, Departamento de Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España.