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Most areas of intellectual pursuit, such as theology, philosophy, history and medicine, have been the object of study for centuries. As a result, the subject matters and methodologies of these disciplines are relatively clear, and students wishing to pursue careers in these fields not only know what they will be studying when they seek their degrees, but also what they will be doing once they graduate and begin practicing their professions. Bioethics, however, differs from these traditional areas of study since it is only about 35 years old and because it is interdisciplinary in character. The Nature and Prospect of Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives will provide readers with information to clarify questions such as what 'bioethics' means, what bioethicists do, how one prepares for practice in the field and the value of the profession. The contributors have been carefully selected based on his/her prominence in his/her particular field of study and his/her reputation of ability, diligence, conscientiousness and trustworthiness as a bioethicist. The aim of this book is to explore the roots of bioethics in those disciplines that have principally informed its subject matter, to demonstrate the value of bioethics as a profession, and to indicate the directions in which future scholarship in bioethics will most likely proceed.
The Owl and the Caduceus: Does Bioethics Need Philosophy?
John D. Arras
Religion, Theology, and Bioethics
James F. Childress
Medicine and Bioethics
When Policy Analysis Is Carried Out in Public: Some Lessons for Bioethics from NBAC's Experience
Eric M. Meslin
Finding the Good Behind the Right: A Dialogue Between Nursing and Bioethics
Medical Ethics: Literature, Literary Studies, and the Question of Interdisciplinarity
History and Bioethics
M. L. Tina Stevens