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The Concept of Moral Consensus : The Case of Technological Interventions in Human Reproduction - K. Bayertz

The Concept of Moral Consensus

The Case of Technological Interventions in Human Reproduction

By: K. Bayertz (Editor)

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Published: 31st May 1994
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The demand for consensus arises due to its absence. For each opinion held there will be another to counter it, and for each approach to problem solving an alternative will be suggested. Focusing on the bioethical problems surrounding new technical interventions in human reproduction, 15 authors try to examine the meaning, importance and feasibility of consensus. The very different perspectives from the philosophers, physicians, lawyers, theologians, politicians and sociologists contributing to this topic reflect on the difficulties and complexity of moral decision-making, offer views on the problem of why decision-making does not take place more harmoniously and asks if there can be any hope of a solution in a world where the discipline of contemporary ethics is characterized by a vast diversity, or chaos, of heterogenous theories and concurring approaches. This book is intended for philosophers, physicians, ethicists and everyone involved in moral decision-making, to shape his or her understanding of this process and to help him or her to reflect on the concept of consensus.

Preface
Introduction: Moral Consensus as a Social and Philosophical Problemp. 1
Consensus: How Much Can We Hope for? A Conceptual Exploration Illustrated by Recent Debates Regarding the Use of Human Reproductive Technologiesp. 19
The Concept of Moral Consensus. Philosophical Reflectionsp. 41
Consensus Formation for Bioethical Problems (Comments on Bayertz)p. 59
Consensus, Pluralism and Procedural Ethics (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt)p. 65
New Reproductive Technologies: Ethical Conflict and the Problem of Consensus (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt)p. 75
Problems Involved in Achieving a Policy Consensus on Issues Related to Reproductive Medicinep. 99
Moral Consensus and the Law (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt)p. 109
Coming to Consensus: An Ethical Problem in Law and Politics - Illustrated by the Example of Reproductive Technologies (Comments on Bayertz)p. 123
The Empirical Limits of Consensus: Can Theory and Practice be Reconciled? (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt, Moreno)p. 129
Consensus by Committee: Philosophical and Social Aspects of Ethics Committeesp. 145
Consensus in Ethics and Public Policy: The Deliberations of the U.S. Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panelp. 163
Consensus by Default. The Transition from the Social Technology of Eugenics to the "Technological-FIX" of Human Geneticsp. 189
Beyond Consensus About Principles: Decision-Making by a Genetics Advisory Board in Reproductive Medicine (Comments on Bayertz, Moreno)p. 207
"... and that is why I would like as few people to be involved as possible..." Observations on the Possibilities Offered by Consensus Achievement Within the Field of the Human Reproductive Technologies (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt, Moreno)p. 223
A Skeptical Postscript: Some Concluding Reflections on Consensusp. 235
Notes on Contributorsp. 241
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780792326151
ISBN-10: 0792326156
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 31st May 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 1.22