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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.