Meta Medical Ethics

Meta Medical Ethics : Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics

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What is bioethics? What are its goals and theoretical assumptions? Is it a unique discipline? Must medical ethics be grounded in clinical experience? How can ethical inquiry inform medicine's theory and practice? Must one have a definition of medicine before one can have a medical ethic? Does medicine have a unique or demarcating body of knowledge, methodology, or philosophy? These questions are addressed by a distinguished roster of philosophers, theologians, lawyers, social scientists, physicians and scientists. The unifying theme of this text is a philosophical exploration of the history, nature, scope and foundations of bioethics. There is a critical evaluation of principled, communitarian, legal, narrative and feminist approaches. The book's interdisciplinary focus allows for a lively dialogue which includes papers and accompanying commentaries. It should be of interest to philosophers of science and medical ethicists, physicians, lawyers and policy makers.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 165.1 x 230 x 19.05mm | 476.27g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0792333446
  • 9780792333449

Table of contents

1. Introduction: the Historical and Philosophical Roots of Bioethics, M. Grodin. 2. The Principled Approach: Principles, Rules and Actions, R. Devettere. Commentary, R. Truog. 3. The Communitarian Perspective: Autonomy and the Common Good, T. Shannon. Commentary, R. Potter. 4. The Dominance of American Law (and Market Values) over American Bioethics, G. Annas. Commentary, J. Paris. 5. Medical Stories: Narrative and Phenomenological Approaches, M. Montello. Commentary, L. Forrow. 6. North American Bioethics: the Feminist Critique, M. Farley. Commentary, A. Asch. 7. From the Self to the Other: Building a Philosophy of Medicine, A. Tauber. Commentary, A. Speight.
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