A Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture, and Identityby Carl Elliott, Carl Elliot
Elliott moves beyond the standard menu of bioethical issues to explore the relationship of illness to/i>
Drawing on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and novelists such as Walker Percy, Paul Auster and Graham Greene, A Philosophical Disease brings to the bioethical discussion larger philosophical questions about the sense and significance of human life.
Elliott moves beyond the standard menu of bioethical issues to explore the relationship of illness to identity, and of mental illness to spiritual illness. He also examines the treatment of children born with ambiguous genitalia, the claims of Deaf culture, and the morality of
self-sacrifice. This book focuses on a different sensibility in bioethics; how we use concepts, and how they relate to our own particular social institutions.
Elliott has learned Wittgenstein's lessons well and uses them to help us see the moral challenges modern medicine confronts. Even more, he helps us see how we must live if we are to survive not only the care medicine holds out, but our own longings as well (Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T.
Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Divinity School, Duke University)
big, old questions about the good life and how to live it lie behind the immediate issues of bioethics... A refreshing alternative to routine bioethics discussions (New Scientist)
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&151; (Peter D. Kramer, author of Listening to Prozac and Should You Leave?)
&151; (John D. Arras, Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia)
&151; (Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Divinity School, Duke University)
Meet the Author
Carl Elliott is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics. He is co-editor with John Lantos of The Last Physician and editor of Slow Cures and Bad Philosophers, both forthcoming.
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