Pluralistic Casuistry: Moral Arguments, Economic Realities, and Political Theory / Edition 1

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Overview

Baruch A. Brody has been one of the most important voices in bioethics over the last several decades, asking new and challenging questions about a range of problems, examining recalcitrant issues in novel ways, always with the goal of offering practical solutions to complex problems. This volume presents a sustained philosophical analysis of Brody's contributions to biomedical ethics. Done well, philosophical work can clarify complex issues, facilitate creative problem solving, and lead to real-world solutions to difficult situations. Each contributor carefully and critically explores Brody's writings in biomedical ethics and the philosophy of medicine, illustrating his appreciation that thorough and critical scientific research and philosophical analysis are central to reining in the untutored human desire to ameliorate pain and suffering so that medical treatments and health care policy do more good than harm.

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Reviewer: Nathaniel J Brown, B.S.(Saint Louis University Department of Health Care Ethics)
Description: This is a collection of essays honoring the life and work of Baruch A. Brody, a preeminent philosopher and bioethicist. The book addresses topics largely within the corpus of his ethical scholarship, among them moral ambiguity in ethics, casuistry, research ethics, and euthanasia.
Purpose: The book is intended to address the many areas in bioethics where Brody made a significant scholarly impact, with original contributions from his colleagues. It honors Brody life's work with reflective, critical scholarship.
Audience: Bioethicists and philosophers interested in bioethics are the intended readers. It will have broad appeal within bioethics because of the diversity of Brody's scholarship. Those with interests ranging from religious and research ethics to political theories and end of life ethics will find captivating essays in this book.
Features: The book is divided into sections addressing pluralistic moral casuistry, Jewish medical ethics, biomedical public policy, applications of Brody's work, and, finally, his response to the essays. It also features an appendix with a large selection of Brody's works so that interested readers can easily continue the discourse.
Assessment: Brody has long been an important thinker in bioethics, so this book will be of wide interest even to those who are less acquainted with Brody's work. For those who follow Brody's scholarship more closely, this festschrift will be a welcome opportunity to see a rich, familiar conversation in diverse areas in bioethics. This book is notable for its intimacy with Brody's scholarship. Each essay critically addresses and engages aspects of his work, and the different sections tie together important related themes present in, not merely tangentially related to, the work of Brody himself. This continuity makes these essays both satisfying and thought provoking.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Nathaniel J Brown, B.S.(Saint Louis University Department of Health Care Ethics)
Description: This is a collection of essays honoring the life and work of Baruch A. Brody, a preeminent philosopher and bioethicist. The book addresses topics largely within the corpus of his ethical scholarship, among them moral ambiguity in ethics, casuistry, research ethics, and euthanasia.
Purpose: The book is intended to address the many areas in bioethics where Brody made a significant scholarly impact, with original contributions from his colleagues. It honors Brody life's work with reflective, critical scholarship.
Audience: Bioethicists and philosophers interested in bioethics are the intended readers. It will have broad appeal within bioethics because of the diversity of Brody's scholarship. Those with interests ranging from religious and research ethics to political theories and end of life ethics will find captivating essays in this book.
Features: The book is divided into sections addressing pluralistic moral casuistry, Jewish medical ethics, biomedical public policy, applications of Brody's work, and, finally, his response to the essays. It also features an appendix with a large selection of Brody's works so that interested readers can easily continue the discourse.
Assessment: "Brody has long been an important thinker in bioethics, so this book will be of wide interest even to those who are less acquainted with Brody's work. For those who follow Brody's scholarship more closely, this festschrift will be a welcome opportunity to see a rich, familiar conversation in diverse areas in bioethics. This book is notable for its intimacy with Brody's scholarship. Each essay critically addresses and engages aspects of his work, and the different sections tie together important related themes present in, not merely tangentially related to, the work of Brody himself. This continuity makes these essays both satisfying and thought provoking. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402062599
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Series: Philosophy and Medicine Series , #94
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Moral Casuistry, Medical Research and Innovation, and Rabbinical Decision-Making - Mark J. Cherry and Ana Smith Iltis

Section I Pluralistic Moral Casuistry

Chapter 2: Notes Toward a Pluralistic Professional Medical Ethics - Laurence B. McCullough

Chapter 3: Ethics and Deep Moral Ambiguity - Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J.

Chapter 4: The Role of Moral Judgment in Brody’s Model of Conflicting Appeals - Janet Malek

Chapter 5: Casuistry Naturalized - Maureen Kelley

Section II Jewish Medical Ethics

Chapter 6: Intuitionism, Divine Commands, and Natural Law - B. Andrew Lustig

Chapter 7: In Case: Contingency and Particularity in Bioethics: Discursive Method and Clinical Midrash; Brief Notes on a Lesson from my Teacher Baruch Brody - Laurie Zoloth

Chapter 8: The Euthyphro’s Dilemma Reconsidered: A Variation on a Theme from Brody on Halakhic Method - H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.

Section III Biomedical Public Policy

Chapter 9: The Good (Philosophy), the Bad (Public Policy) and the Ugliness of Blaming Families for Ineffectual Treatments - Robert M. Arnold

Chapter 10: A Matter of Obligation: Physicians versus Clinical Investigators - E. Haavi Morreim

Chapter 11: Is Withholding Artificial Nutrition and Hydration from PVS Patients Active Euthanasia? - Loretta M. Kopelman

Section IV Critical Application and Analysis

Chapter 12: The Virtue of Integrity in Baruch Brody’s Moral Framework - J. Clint Parker

Chapter 13: Paradigms and Language: Ethics and Human Embryo Transfer/Donation/Rescue/Adoption - Sarah-Vaughan Brakman

Chapter 14: Brody on Passive and Active Euthanasia - F.M. Kamm

Appendix

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