Confucian Bioethics

Confucian Bioethics

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This volume explores Confucian views regarding the human body, health, virtue, suffering, suicide, euthanasia, `human drugs,' human experimentation, and justice in health care distribution. These views are rooted in Confucian metaphysical, cosmological, and moral convictions, which stand in contrast to modern Western liberal perspectives in a number of important ways. In the contemporary world, a wide variety of different moral traditions flourish; there is real moral diversity. Given this circumstance, difficult and even painful ethical conflicts often occur between the East and the West with regard to the issues of life, birth, reproduction, and death. The essays in this volume analyze the ways in which Confucian bioethics can clarify important moral concepts, provide arguments, and offer ethical guidance. The volume should be of interest to both general readers coming afresh to the study of bioethics, ethics, and Confucianism, as well as for philosophers, ethicists, and other scholars already familiar with the subject.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • VI, 320 p.
  • 079235723X
  • 9780792357230

Table of contents

Introduction: Towards a Confucian Bioethics; Ruiping Fan. Part I: Body, Health and Virtue. Confucian Virtues and Personal Health; Peimin Ni. The Neo-Confucian Concept of Body and its Ethical Sensibility; E. Zhang. Part II: Suicide, Euthanasia and Medical Futility. Confucian Views on Suicide and Their Implications for Euthanasia; Ping-cheung Lo. Reflections on the Dignity of Guan Zhong: A Comparison of Confucian and Western Liberal Notions of Suicide; G. Khushf. A Confucian Ethic of Medical Futility; E. Hui. Part III: `Human Drugs' and Human Experimentation. `Human Drugs' in Chinese Medicine and the Confucian View: A Historical Ethical Study from an Interpretive Approach; Jing-Bao Nie. Interpreting Strange Practices; R. Carson. A Confucian Reflection on Experimenting with Human Subjects; Xunwu Chen. Part IV: Just Health Care and the Confucian Tradition. The Confucian Filial Obligation and Care for Aged Parents; Qingjie Wang. Just Health Care, the Good Life, and Confucianism; Ruiping Fan. Chinese Glossary. Notes on Contributors. Index.
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Review quote

`In an era when health care is a hotly contested topic of discussion, Fan's book as an invaluable resource that has much to teach us.'
David S. Blix in Second Opinion, September 2000
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