Title

Revisiting Equipoise: A Response to Gifford

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2007

Journal

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

227

Last Page

246

Abstract

The authors respond to objections Fred Gifford has raised against their paper "Rehabilitating Equipoise." They situate this exchange in the wider context of recent debate over equipoise, highlighting substantial points of agreement between themselves and Gifford. The authors offer a brief restatement of "Rehabilitating Equipoise" in which they amplify some of its core arguments. They then assess Gifford's objections. Finding each to be unfounded, they argue that there is no justification for "pulling the plug" on clinical equipoise.