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Confucian Bioethics : Philosophy and Medicine - Ruiping Fan

Confucian Bioethics

Philosophy and Medicine

By: Ruiping Fan (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1999
ISBN: 9780792357230
Number Of Pages: 320

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This volume explores Confucian views regarding the human body, health, virtue, suffering, suicide, euthanasia, `human drugs,' human experimentation, and justice in health care distribution. These views are rooted in Confucian metaphysical, cosmological, and moral convictions, which stand in contrast to modern Western liberal perspectives in a number of important ways. In the contemporary world, a wide variety of different moral traditions flourish; there is real moral diversity. Given this circumstance, difficult and even painful ethical conflicts often occur between the East and the West with regard to the issues of life, birth, reproduction, and death. The essays in this volume analyze the ways in which Confucian bioethics can clarify important moral concepts, provide arguments, and offer ethical guidance. The volume should be of interest to both general readers coming afresh to the study of bioethics, ethics, and Confucianism, as well as for philosophers, ethicists, and other scholars already familiar with the subject.

`In an era when health care is a hotly contested topic of discussion, Fan's book as an invaluable resource that has much to teach us.' David S. Blix in Second Opinion, September 2000

Introduction: Towards a Confucian Bioethicsp. 1
Body, Health and Virtue
Confucian Virtues and Personal Healthp. 27
The Neo-Confucian Concept of Body and its Ethical Sensibilityp. 45
Suicide, Euthanasia and Medical Futility
Confucian Views on Suicide and Their Implications for Euthanasiap. 69
Reflections on the Dignity of Guan Zhong: A Comparison of Confucian and Western Liberal Notions of Suicidep. 103
A Confucian Ethic of Medical Futilityp. 127
"Human Drugs" and Human Experimentation
"Human Drugs" in Chinese Medicine and the Confucian View: An Interpretive Studyp. 167
Interpreting Strange Practicesp. 207
A Confucian Reflection on Experimenting with Human Subjectsp. 211
Just Health Care and the Confucian Tradition
The Confucian Filial Obligation and Care for Aged Parentsp. 235
Just Health Care, the Good Life, and Confucianismp. 257
Chinese Glossaryp. 285
Notes on Contributorsp. 299
Index of Chinese Termsp. 301
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780792357230
ISBN-10: 079235723X
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th June 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.45