Moral Equality, Bioethics, And The Child by Claudia WiesemannMoral Equality, Bioethics, And The Child by Claudia Wiesemann

Moral Equality, Bioethics, And The Child

byClaudia Wiesemann

Hardcover | August 26, 2016

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Presenting real life cases from clinical practice, this book claims that children can be conceived of as moral equals without ignoring the fact that they still are children and in need of strong family relationships. Drawing upon recent advances in childhood studies and its key feature, the 'agentic child', it uncovers the ideology of adultism which has seeped into much what has been written about childhood ethics. However, this book also critically examines those positions that do accord moral equality to children but on grounds not strong enough to support their claim. It lays the groundwork for a theory of moral equality by assessing the concepts of parenthood, family, best interest, paternalism, and, above all, autonomy and trust which are so important in envisioning what we owe the child. It does not only show how children - like adults - should be considered moral agents from infancy but also how ethical theories addressing adults can significantly profit from recognizing this. The analysis takes into account contributions from European as well as American scholars and makes use of a wide range of ethical, psychological, cultural, and social-scientific research.

Claudia Wiesemann is head of the department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Goettingen University, Germany, and member of the German National Ethics Council. She studied medicine and philosophy and has been doing research in bioethics for more than 20 years. She directed several international research projects within the E...
Title:Moral Equality, Bioethics, And The ChildFormat:HardcoverDimensions:155 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.25 inPublished:August 26, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319324004

ISBN - 13:9783319324005

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Moral equality, bioethics, and the child.- Introduction.- The debate about moral equality.- Part 2: The theoretical framework of a moral-equality approach.- Natality.- Trust.- Family.- Autonomy.- Part 3: A moral-equality approach to childhood and other situations of dependency.- The dialectic of trust and autonomy.- Basic concepts for clinical practice.- Bibliographical references.

Editorial Reviews

"In an era of complicated pediatric bioethical dilemmas due to technological advances, this book is a meaningful contribution to the debate about how much decision-making power a child should have in his or her medical treatment. . it is clear that she intends to reach readers interested in pediatric bioethics. This would include . ethics students, pediatric fellows and physicians, and clinical ethicists." (Jacob Harrison, Doody's Book Reviews, January, 2017)