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From the Publisher'In an era when health care is a hotly contested topic of discussion, Fan's book as an invaluable resource that has much to teach us.'
David S. Blix in Second Opinion, September 2000
This volume explores Confucian views regarding the human body, health, virtue, suffering, suicide, euthanasia, 'human drugs,' human experime ntation, and justice in health care distribution. These views are root ed in Confucian metaphysical, cosmological, and moral convictions, whi ch stand in contrast to modern Western liberal perspectives in a numbe r of important ways. In the contemporary world, a wide variety of diff erent moral traditions flourish; there is real moral diversity. Given this circumstance, difficult and even painful ethical conflicts often occur between the East and the West with regard to the issues of life, birth, reproduction, and death. The essays in this volume analyze the ways in which Confucian bioethics can clarify important moral concept s, provide arguments, and offer ethical guidance.
Introduction: Towards a Confucian Bioethics; Ruiping Fan. Part I: Body, Health and Virtue. Confucian Virtues and Personal Health; Peimin Ni. The Neo-Confucian Concept of Body and its Ethical Sensibility; E. Zhang. Part II: Suicide, Euthanasia and Medical Futility. Confucian Views on Suicide and Their Implications for Euthanasia; Ping-cheung Lo. Reflections on the Dignity of Guan Zhong: A Comparison of Confucian and Western Liberal Notions of Suicide; G. Khushf. A Confucian Ethic of Medical Futility; E. Hui. Part III: 'Human Drugs' and Human Experimentation. 'Human Drugs' in Chinese Medicine and the Confucian View: A Historical Ethical Study from an Interpretive Approach; Jing-Bao Nie. Interpreting Strange Practices; R. Carson. A Confucian Reflection on Experimenting with Human Subjects; Xunwu Chen. Part IV: Just Health Care and the Confucian Tradition. The Confucian Filial Obligation and Care for Aged Parents; Qingjie Wang. Just Health Care, the Good Life, and Confucianism; Ruiping Fan. Chinese Glossary. Notes on Contributors. Index.