Is There an Ethicist in the House?: On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics

Is There an Ethicist in the House?: On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics

by Jonathan D. Moreno
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253346355

ISBN-13: 9780253346353

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Indiana University Press

In this timely book, Jonathan D. Moreno takes up some of the most important questions in clinical ethics today. Moreno’s view is that moral values emerge out of human experience, a view that creates a compelling conceptual framework for bioethics.

To begin, Moreno recalls his experience as a hospital ethicist and how that shaped his understanding of what

Overview

In this timely book, Jonathan D. Moreno takes up some of the most important questions in clinical ethics today. Moreno’s view is that moral values emerge out of human experience, a view that creates a compelling conceptual framework for bioethics.

To begin, Moreno recalls his experience as a hospital ethicist and how that shaped his understanding of what bioethics is about, both as theory and practice. His focus then turns to a difficult moral paradox: the need to advance medical knowledge by using human beings in research. His account of the way American medicine has reached a strong protectionist approach to managing this paradox leads to discussions of vulnerable groups whose circumstances demand that we reflect on the way this issue should be approached in the future.

Moreno then takes up the historical and ethical role of the national security dimensions of human experimentation. His account casts a drastically different light on the origins of modern bioethics, especially on the central document of modern human experimentation, the Nuremberg Code.

In the last section, Moreno pushes the bioethics envelope in a naturalistic examination of emerging values concerning the neurosciences and bioterrorism.

Is There an Ethicist in the House? tackles difficult issues with clarity and insight. The book will be welcomed not only by medical professionals but also by lay readers who seek to understand the philosophical foundations of contemporary medical ethics.

Indiana University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253346353
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Medical Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Is There a Philosopher in the House?"
List of Abbreviations
I. A Hospital Philosopher
Introduction
1. Is There an Ethicist in the House?
2. Call Me Doctor? Confessions of a Hospital Philosopher
3. Arguing Euthanasia
II. Naturalizing Bioethics in Theory and Practice
Introduction
4. Bioethics Is a Naturalism
5. Ethics Consultation as Moral Engagement
6. Ethics by Committee: The Moral Authority of Consensus
III. Human Use
Introduction
7. Goodbye to All That: The End of Moderate Protectionism in Human Subjects Research
8. Convenient and Captive Populations
9. Regulation of Research in the Decisionally Impaired
IV. The Meanings of Nuremberg
Introduction
10. "The Only Feasible Means": The Pentagon's Ambivalent Relationship with the Nuremberg Code.
11. Reassessing the Influence of the Nuremberg Code on American Medical Ethics
V. New Directions
Introduction
12. Cancer, Truth, and Genetics
13. Neuroethics: An Agenda for Neuroscience and Society
14. Bioethics after the Terror
15. Another Impossible Profession
Acknowledgments
Credits
Bibliography
Index

Indiana University Press

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