The Foundations of Bioethics

Hardcover | January 1, 1996

byH. Tristram Engelhardt

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This new, thoroughly recast Second Edition has been acclaimed as "the most important book written since the beginning of that strange project called bioethics" (Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University). Its philosophical exploration of the foundations of secular bioethics has been substantiallyexpanded. The book challenges the values of much of contemporary bioethics and health care policy by confronting their failure to secure the moral norms they seek to apply. The nature of health and disease, the definition of death, the morality of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia,physician-assisted suicide, germline genetic engineering, triage decisions and distributive justice in health care are all addressed within an integrated reconsideration of bioethics as a whole. New material has been added regarding social justice, health care reform and environmental ethics. Thevery possibility and meaning of a secular bioethics are re-explored.

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This new, thoroughly recast Second Edition has been acclaimed as "the most important book written since the beginning of that strange project called bioethics" (Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University). Its philosophical exploration of the foundations of secular bioethics has been substantiallyexpanded. The book challenges the values of much...

H. Tristram Engelhardt is at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.5 inPublished:January 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195057368

ISBN - 13:9780195057362

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Table of Contents

n 1Introduction: Bioethics as a Plural Noun2. The Intellectual Bases of Bioethics3. The Principles of Bioethics4. The Context of Health Care: Persons, Possessions, and States5. The Languages of Medicalization6. The Endings and Beginnings of Persons: Death, Abortion, and Infanticide7. Free and Informed Consent, Refusal of Treatment, and the Health Care Team: The Many faces of Freedom8. Rights to Health Care, Social Justice, and Fariness in Health Care Allocations: Frustrations in the Face of Finitude9. Reshaping Human Nature: Virtue with Moral Stragers; Responsibility Without Moral Consent

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"Insightful and well written...This new edition contains new material on the allocation of scarce resources and health care reform...Includes extensive notes and references at the end of each chapter."--Doody's Journal