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Overview

Modern science and medicine have ushered in a century of amazing discovery and tough choices. In this authoritative and impassioned book, Glenn McGee and other leading writers in American philosophy and medicine offer a new theory of bioethics using the uniquely American approach to ethics known as pragmatism. In eighteen clear and compelling essays, Pragmatic Bioethics addresses some of the newest questions in medicine, including human cloning, genetic testing, and human enhancement. These essays also struggle in a new way with perennial issues in biomedicine, including care for the poor and the aging.

Scholars in medicine and philosophy will find the pragmatic argument refreshing and challenging. But Pragmatic Bioethics is also a clear and comprehensive new introduction to bioethics, appropriate for undergraduates, graduate students, clinicians, and scientists-in-training.

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What People Are Saying

Arthur Caplan
"Pragmatic Bioethics is one of the most important books to appear in bioethics and applied philosophy this decade. Essay after essay takes on the challenge of articulating precisely what a pragmatic approach to the ethics of health care and biomedicine is and might be. There is simply no better introduction to the issues and challenges raised when bioethical inquiry is brought to the lab bench, the emergency room, or the floor of a state legislature. This is must reading for anyone engaged in bioethics." (Arthur Caplan, Trustee Professor and Director of the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania)
Eric M. Meslin
"This book provides the first extensive look at how the challenges encountered in clinical research and policy environments can be framed in a systematic way using a philosophical approach that is sure to inspire debate and discussion for some time. This is precisely what a pragmatic approach to bioethics ought to be doing." (Eric M. Meslin, Executive Director, National Bioethics Advisory Commission)
Rosemarie Tong
"Pragmatic ethics is our best hope to provide morally satisfying answers to the complex questions of a contingent and changing world. This volume approaches medicine's major moral dilemmas in a way that can help citizens work with policymakers to develop medical systems, structures, guidelines, and codes that serve the interests of most of the people most of the time. What an accomplishment!" (Rosemarie Tong, Davidson College)
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"This book provides the first extensive look at how the challenges encountered in the clinical research and policy environments can be framed in a systematic way using a philosophical approach that is sure to inspire debate and discussion for some time. This is precisely what a pragmatic approach to bioethics ought to be doing." Eric M. Meslin, Director, Indiana UniversityCenter for Bioethics, Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Bioethics, Indiana UniversitySchool of Medicine, and Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts

"Pragmatic ethics is our best hope to provide morally satisfying answers to the complex questions of a contingent and changing world. This volume approaches medicine's major moral dilemmas in a way that can help citizens work with policymakers to develop medical systems,structures, guidelines, and codes that serve the interests of most of the people most of the time.

What an accomplishment!" Rosemarie Tong, Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262134309
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Basic Bioethics
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn McGee is Professor of Medical Ethics, Philosophy, and History and Sociology of Science;Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania; and a Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of the Wharton School of Business. He is the editor of The AmericanJournal of Bioethics (MIT Press) and the coeditor, with Arthur Caplan, of the MIT Press BasicBioethics series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, by Glenn McGee
Bioethics Is a Naturalism, by Jonathan Moreno
Logic and Bioethics: Dewey's Pragmatic Method, by Glenn McGee
Clinical Pragmatism: A Model for Problem Solving, by Joseph Fins, Matthew Bacchetta, and Franklin Miller
Collaboration and Casuistry: A Peircean Pragmatic for the Clinical Setting, by Mary Mahowald
Community as Healing, by Micah Hester
The Bioethics Committee: A Consensus-Recommendation Model, by Kelly Parker
Mental Illness: Rights, Competence, and Communication, by Beth Singer
The Physician Patient Covenant: A Roycean Perspective, by Griffin Trotter
Genetics and Pragmatism, by Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.
Enhancement of Children, by Glenn McGee
Pragmatism and the Determination of Death, by Martin Benjamin
On Tamed and Untamed Death: Jamesean Reflections, by William Gavin
Dying Old as a Social Problem, by John Lachs
Significance at the End of Life, by Micah Hester
Community, Autonomy, and Managed Care, by Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley
Untying the Gag: The Claim of Reason in the World of Health Care Reform, by Michael Sullivan and John Lysaker
Ethical Literacy and Cultural Competence, by Marian Gray Secundy William James, Black Elk, and the Healing Act, by Bruce Wilshire
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