Principles of Biomedical Ethics

Principles of Biomedical Ethics

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This edition represents a thorough-going revision of what has become a classic text in biomedical ethics. Major structural changes mark the revision. The authors have added a new concluding chapter on methods that, along with its companion chapter on moral theory, emphasizes convergence across theories, coherence in moral justification, and the common morality. They have simplified the opening chapter on moral norms which introduces the framework of prima facie moral principles and ways to specify and balance them. Together with the shift of advanced material on theory to the back of the book, this heavily revised introductory chapter will make it easier for the wide range of students entering bioethics courses to use this text. Another important change is the increased emphasis on character and moral agency, drawing the distinction between agents and actions. The sections on truth telling, disclosure of bad news, privacy, conflicts of interest, and research on human subjects have also been thoroughly reworked. The four core chapters on principles (respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice) and the chapter on professional-patient relationships retain their familiar structure, but the authors have completely updated their content to reflect developments in philosophical analysis as well as in research, medicine, and health care. Throughout, they have used a number of actual cases to illuminate and to test their theory, method, and framework of principles.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0195143329
  • 9780195143324
  • 933,814

Table of contents

PART 1; 1. Norms; 2. Moral Character; PART 2; 3. Respect for Autonomy; 4. Nonmaleficence; 5. Beneficence; 6. Justice; 7. Professional-Patient Relationships; PART 3; 8. Moral Theories; 9. Method and Moral Justification; Appendix: Cases in Biomedical Ethicsshow more

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" ... a classic in the field of medical ethics ... the 5th edition of this book is, as all the previous editions, well written and for the most part very persuasively argued." Journal of Medical Ethics, 28 (1), "Even more than the previous editions, Principles of Biomedical Ethics provides a very comprehensive and accessible introduction into the field of biomedical ethics, valuable to readers on both sides of the Atlantic." Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 5show more

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