Bioethics

Bioethics : A Philosophical Introduction

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This book provides a clear and stimulating introduction to bioethics -- from the more familiar debates on euthanasia, living wills and new reproductive technologies such as IVF, through to the philosophical implications of recent developments in genetics such as prenatal genetic therapy, genetic enhancement and human cloning. * Offers a clear and stimulating textbook introduction to contemporary issues in bioethics. * Provides original and provocative contributions to ongoing debates. * Guides the reader from the more familiar debates on euthanasia, advance directives, and new reproductive technologies, through to the philosophical implications of developments such as prenatal genetic therapy, genetic enhancement and human cloning. * The book is built around four important themes: the nature of moral status (eg of embryos or animals); life, death, and killing (eg euthanasia); the threat to personal identity; the question of whether biomedical innovations can be 'unnatural'.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 156 x 232.7 x 23.1mm | 485.35g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745626173
  • 9780745626178

About Stephen Holland

Stephen Holland is a Lecturer in Philosophy and Health Sciences at University of York.show more

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This book provides a clear and stimulating introduction to bioethics. It is also a comprehensive and illuminating study of some of the most important themes of our times. From the more familiar debates on euthanasia, living wills and new reproductive technologies such as IVF, Holland guides the reader through the philosophical implications of recent developments in genetics such as prenatal genetic therapy, genetic enhancement and human cloning. The book is built around four important themes. First, the nature of moral status: do human embryos have moral status? Do animals? What are the implications for bioethics of the moral status of such creatures? The second theme - life, death and killing - looks at the ethics of ending human life, or of failing to lengthen it as long as possible. Holland then explores the question of personal identity as it connects with contemporary bioethical problems. Finally, he presents and develops a version of the argument from nature - which continues to be influential in bioethics - in order to try to make sense of the objection that some biomedical innovations are 'unnatural'. By structuring the discussions in this way the author succeeds in creating a clear, engagingly written introduction to bioethics that will be an ideal textbook for students.show more

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"Stephen Holland takes us beyond sound--bites and media hype. In an analytically rigorous and engaging way, he links questions of euthanasia, embryo experimentation and xenotransplantation to such philosophical issues as moral status and personal identity. The subject badly needs contributions of this kind. Hollanda s book will be welcomed by all those who want to gain a deeper understanding of a subject of enormous complexity." Helga Kuhse Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University "This refreshing approach to bioethics fills a significant gap in the literature by structuring discussion around four deontological themes. A must for everyone who wants to understand and think clearly about nonconsequentialist bioethics, this book engages with issues at the forefront of contemporary debate." Ruth Chadwick, ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Lancaster Universityshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. PART I: Moral Status. Introduction to Part I. 1. Stem Cell Therapy. 2. Xenotransplantation. Part I: Concluding Remarks. PART II: Life, Death and Killing. Introduction to Part II. 3. The Value of Life. 4. What is Death?. 5. Killing versus Letting Die. Part II: Concluding Remarks. PART III: Personal Identity. Introduction to Part III. 6. Prenatal Genetic Intervention. 7. Advance Directives. Part III: Concluding Remarks. PART IV: The Normativity of the a Naturala . Introduction to Part IV. 8. Managing Reproduction. 9. Genetic Enhancement. 10. Human Cloning. Part IV: Concluding Remarks. Concluding Remark: Deontic Constraints on Biomedicine. References. Index.show more

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