Hindu Bioethics for the Twenty-first Century

Hindu Bioethics for the Twenty-first Century

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S. Cromwell Crawford breaks new ground in this provocative study of Hindu bioethics in a Western setting. He provides a new moral and philosophical perspective on fascinating and controversial bioethical issues that are routinely in the news: cloning, genetic engineering, the human genome project, reproductive technologies, the end of life, and many more. This Hindu perspective is particularly noteworthy because of India's own indigenous medical system, which is stronger than ever and drawing continued interest from the West. The Hindu bioethics presented in this book are philosophically pluralistic and ethically contextual, giving them that conceptual flexibility which is often missing in Western religions, but which is demanded by the twenty-first century's complex moral problems. Comprehensive in scope and passionate in nature, Crawford's study is an important resource for analyses of practical ethics, bioethics, and health care.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 318g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 079145780X
  • 9780791457801
  • 2,317,551

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"Crawford makes accessible a wealth of Hindu perspectives on biomedical reasoning and practice that are at once practical and profound. His book is indispensable for practitioners and educators in biomedicine and health care who are concerned with utilizing the contributions of world traditions to attain more comprehensive and satisfactory solutions to some of the most challenging problems faced by humankind. It is a tremendous resource for understanding Hindu value theory and philosophy of person and body, as seen through the lens of health and medicine."
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About S. Cromwell Crawford

S. Cromwell Crawford is Professor and Chair of Religion at the University of Hawaii and the author of many books on Hindu ethics, including Dilemmas of Life and Death: Hindu Ethics in a North American Context, also published by SUNY Press.
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