Deciding Together

Deciding Together : Bioethics and Moral Consensus

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Although still a young field, bioethics has become an influential part of our society's health care debates. It has helped to frame issues about moral values as part of an effort to find consensus about some of the most perplexing questions of our time. But why is it thought that a moral consensus is important, or that it deserves respect? This study tackles these questions from philosophical, historical and social scientific viewpoints.show more

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 177.3 x 229.1 x 19.6mm | 485.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019509218X
  • 9780195092189

Table of contents

1: The challenge of consensus for bioethics. 2: Consensus in bioethics: Problems and prospects. 3: Analyzing consensus. 4: Liberalism and the moral authorty of consensus. 5: National ethics commissions. 6: Healthcare ethics committees. 7: Naturalizing moral consensus. 8: Small groups and social practicesshow more

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"Excellent."--Thomas May, Politics and the Life Sciences"An important and convincing book....It should be read by all those who teach bio-ethics or chair ethics committees and by anyone who grapples with the human implications of difficult situations in health care."--Canadian Medical Association JournalAdvance Praise: "Jonathan Moreno's superb study provides both the empirical and conceptual analysis requisite for making progress in finding answers about the role consensus does and should play in bioethics. Moreno's first-hand knowledge of the social and political context in which bioethical issues arise and evolve, his mastery of the key legal and philosophical sources and his ability to integrate political understanding with philosophical insight make this book the requisite starting point for anyone interested in understanding the subject of consensus in bioethics and in moral theory more generally." --Arthur Caplan, Trustee Professor of Bioethics and Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania"Bioethics has come into its own as a mature field when it can produce a reflective and insightful work like Deciding Together....The spirit of John Dewey at his best walks through these pages." --Bruce Jennings, Executive Director, The Hastings Center0Jonathan Moreno provides a masterful account of the meaning and reality of moral consensus in bioethics. Drawing on the history and current practice of bioethics, on epistemology and philosophy of science, as well as sociology and social psychology, he constructs an intriguing view of bioethics as a social reform movement....This work succeeds admirably in achieving the goal the author set for himself: to give "a comprehensive account of moral consensus in bioethics for a liberal, democratic, and pluralistic society." It is an informative and insightful book that can be read with interest and profit both by newcomers and those with long-standing experience in bioethics." --Ruth Macklin, Professor of Ethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicineshow more

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