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Handbook of Bioethics: : Taking Stock of the Field from a Philosophical Perspective - George Khushf

Handbook of Bioethics:

Taking Stock of the Field from a Philosophical Perspective

By: George Khushf (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2004
ISBN: 9781402018701
Number Of Pages: 570

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In general, the history of virtue theory is well-documented (Sherman, 1997; O'Neill, 1996). Its relationship to medicine is also recorded in our work and in that of others (Pellegrino and Thomasma, 1993b; 1996; Drane, 1994; Ellos, 1990). General publications stress the importance of training the young in virtuous practices. Still, the popularity of education in virtue is widely viewed as part of a conservative backlash to modern liberal society. Given the authorship of some of these works by professional conservatives like William Bennett (1993; 1995), this concern is authentic. One might correspondingly fear that greater adoption of virtue theory in medicine will be accompanied by a corresponding backward-looking social agenda. Worse yet, does reaffirmation of virtue theory lacquer over the many challenges of the postmodern world view as if these were not serious concerns? After all, recreating the past is the "retro" temptation of our times. Searching for greater certitude than we can now obtain preoccupies most thinkers today. One wishes for the old clarity and certitudes (Engelhardt, 1991). On the other hand, the same thinkers who yearn for the past, like Engelhardt sometimes seems to do, might stress the unyielding gulf between past and present that creates the postmodern reaction to all systems of Enlightenment thought (1996).

"This collection of 23 essays provides a broad survey of the current state of bioethicsa ].All of the essays are authoritative and well documented with extensive, up-to-date references. This handbook should prove to be a useful reference for professional philosophers and a valuable guide for nonspecialists who need concise surveys of various facets of the field of biomedical ethics. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
(J. B. Hagen, Choice, December 2004)

Introduction: Taking Stock of Bioethics from a Philosophical Perspective
The Emergence of Bioethics
The History of Bioethics as a Discipline
Bioethical Theory
Principles and Principlism
Casuistry
Virtue Theory in Philosophy of Medicine
Common Morality
Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Four Narrative Approaches to Bioethics
Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics: A Phenomenological Perspective
Core Concepts in Clinical Ethics
The Logic of Health Concepts
Physicians and Patients in Relation: Clinical Interpretation and Dialogues of Trust
Informed Consent
Philosophical Challenges to the Use of Advance Directives
Ethics Committees and Case Consultation: Theory and Practice
The Public Policy Context
The Ethics of Controlled Clinical Trials
Ethical Issues in the Use of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for the Prioritization of Health Resources
Sic et Non: Some Disputed Questions in Reproductive Ethics
Testing Genes and Constructing Humans: Ethics and Genetics
Foundations of the Health Professions
Death, Dying, Euthanasia, and Palliative Care: Perspectives from Philosophy of Medicine and Ethics
Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry
Nursing Ethics
Ethics and Philosophy of Public Health
Notes on Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9781402018701
ISBN-10: 1402018703
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 570
Published: 31st March 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 2.18