Bioethics as Practice (Studies in Social Medicine Series) / Edition 1

Bioethics as Practice (Studies in Social Medicine Series) / Edition 1

by Judith Andre
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807855839

ISBN-13: 9780807855836

Pub. Date: 08/30/2004

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Those who work in bioethics and the medical humanities come from many different backgrounds, such as health care, philosophy, law, the social sciences, and religious studies. The work they do also varies widely: consulting on ethical issues in patient care, working with legislatures, dealing with the media, teaching, speaking, writing and more.

Writing as a

Overview

Those who work in bioethics and the medical humanities come from many different backgrounds, such as health care, philosophy, law, the social sciences, and religious studies. The work they do also varies widely: consulting on ethical issues in patient care, working with legislatures, dealing with the media, teaching, speaking, writing and more.

Writing as a participant in this developing field, Judith Andre offers a model to unify its diversity. Using the term "bioethics" broadly, to include all the medical humanities, she articulates ideals for the field, identifies its temptations and moral pitfalls, and argues for the central importance of certain virtues. Perhaps the most original of these is the virtue of choosing projects well, which demands not only broadening the field's focus but also understanding the forces that have kept it too narrow. Andre offers an imaginative analysis of the special problems presented by interdisciplinary work and discusses the intellectual virtues necessary for its success. She calls attention to the kinds of professional communities that are necessary to support good work.

The book draws from interviews with many people in the field and from the findings of social scientists. It includes the author's personal reflections, several extended allegories, and philosophical analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807855836
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Series:
Studies in Social Medicine Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
1. November 1994
2. Bioethics as Something New
3. Bioethics as a Territory: An Allegory
4. The Languages of Bioethics
5. Bioethics as a Practice
6. Bioethics and Moral Development
7. Virtue in Bioethics: Choosing Projects Well
8. The Goods We Want and the Goods We Need: A Call for Integrity and Discernment
9. Virtuous Communities
10. Intellectual Virtue and Interdisciplinary Work
11. A New Millennium
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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