Human Dignity and Bioethics

Human Dignity and Bioethics

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This collection of essays, commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics, explores a fundamental concept crucial to today's discourse in law and ethics in general and in bioethics in particular. Since its formation in 2001, the council has frequently used the term 'human dignity' in its discussions and reports. In this volume scholars from the fields of philosophy, medicine and medical ethics, law, political science, and public policy address the issue of what the concept of 'human dignity' entails and its proper role in bioethical controversies. ""Human Dignity and Bioethics"" is an attempt to clarify a controversial concept, one that is a critical component in the decisions of policymakers.
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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 793.78g
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • Notre Dame IN, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 0268038929
  • 9780268038922
  • 672,320

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"These essays make it clear that there is no universal agreement on the meaning of the term, human dignity. Some argue that human dignity has lost its traditional meaning. Others, by contrast, hold firmly to the view that dignity is an essential identifying and irreducible element of human nature. Still others take a more biological than philosophical or theological viewpoint on the question of the meaning of human dignity. An appreciation of the variety of these views is critical, if we are to understand the divergences in how we think and act in response to the challenges posed by contemporary bioethics." - Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D."
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About John Carroll Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics Edmund D Pellegrino MD

EDMUND D. PELLEGRINO has been Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center since 2001. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he has authored or co-authored twenty-four books and is the founding editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. In 2004, he was named to the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, and in 2005 he became the chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics. H. TRISTRAM ENGELHARDT, JR., is professor, department of philosophy, at Rice University, and professor emeritus, department of medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. FABRICE JOTTERAND is assistant professor of philosophy, University of Texas at Dallas, and assistant professor of psychiatry and of clinical sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
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