Essays on Bioethics

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byHare, R. M.

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R. M. Hare is well known both for his seminal work in ethical theory and for his applications of it to practical issues. For this volume he has selected the best of his writings on medical ethics and related topics. Its chief theoretical interest lies in its synthesis between utilitarian andKantian ethics, which are shown to have the same practical consequences. The main practical thesis in the book is that we can harm possible people by preventing them from becoming actual people. This thesis, if understood and accepted, would radically alter the terms of the public debate aboutembryo experimentation and population policy, and (perhaps surprisingly) support a fairly liberal view on abortion. The book also features general introductions to medical and psychiatric ethics, and essays on the concept of healh, on the morality of experimentation on children, on health care policy, on free will, and on vegetarianism.

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R. M. Hare is well known both for his seminal work in ethical theory and for his applications of it to practical issues. For this volume he has selected the best of his writings on medical ethics and related topics. Its chief theoretical interest lies in its synthesis between utilitarian andKantian ethics, which are shown to have the...

R. M. Hare, FBA, is one of the most influential moral philosophers of the twentieth century. He was White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford from 1966 to 1983, and Graduate Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida, Gainesville, thereafter. His many publications include The Language of Morals (1952), Freed...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198236788

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Table of Contents

1. Medical Ethics: Can the Moral Philosopher Help?2. The Philosophical Basis of Psychiatric Ethics3. Health4. Moral Problems about the Control of Behaviour5. Possible People6. When does Potentiality Count?7. In Vitro Fertilization and the Warnock Report8. Embryo Experimentation: Public Policy in a Pluralist Society9. Little Human Guinea-Pigs?10. Abortion and the Golden Rule11. A Kantian Approach to Abortion12. The Abnormal Child: Moral Dilemmas of Doctors and Parents13. Prediction and Moral Appraisal14. Health Care Policy: Some Options15. Why I am Only a Demi-VegetarianReferences, Bibliography, Index

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`Contemporary bioethics owes a great deal to Professor Hare. Not only has Hare developed a highly sophisticated ethical theory, but he has from the beginning applied it to many different practical issues, including issues on bioethics ... Hare has provided some powerful prudential argumentsin favour of being moral ... Hare's book has much to offer its readers ... Hare's work, like that of all great philosophers, provides both enlightenment and plenty to disagree with ... I said that contemporary bioethics owes much to Hare. With the publication of this volume, the debt is evengreater.'Bioethics