Bioethics: Volume 19, Part 2

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Fifteen philosophers, social scientists, and academic lawyers assess various aspects of bioethics. Some detail its development and challenge the field's basic assumptions. Others consider bioethics's role in contemporary society and examine it in policy administration as well as in its interaction with other branches of philosophical inquiry. Chapters also focus on specific issues, including the responsibilities of researchers to subjects in clinical trials; the proper criteria for determining when a living organism has died; the allocation of scarce, life-saving medical resources; and the subsidization of pharmaceutical products for those who may be deprived of the benefits of modern medicine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521525268
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2003
  • Series: Social Philosophy and Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Bioethics and the problem of pluralism; 2. Pragmatism in bioethics: been there, done that; 3. The ordination of bioethicists as secular moral experts; 4. Information(al) matters: bioethics and the boundaries of the public and the private; 5. Bioethics as social philosophy; 6. Social moral epistemology; 7. Why health is not special: errors in evolved bioethics intuitions; 8. Power, integrity, and trust in the managed practice of medicine: lessons from the history of medical ethics; 9. The distribution of life-saving medical resources: equality, life expectancy, and choice behind the veil; 10. Pharmacogenetic interventions, orphan drugs, and distributive justice: the role of cost-benefit analysis; 11. The ubiquity and utility of the therapeutic misconception; 12. Indifference of subjects: an alternative to equipoise in randomized clinical trials; 13. The biophilosophical basis of whole-brain death; 14. Freedom and responsibility in genetic testing; 15. Genes, justice, and obligations to future people.

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