Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy, and Politics

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Overview

Bioethics has become increasingly politicized over the past decade. Conservative voices dominated the debate at first, but the recent resurgence of progressivism and the application of its fundamental values (social justice, critical optimism, practical problem solving) to bioethical issues have helped correct this ideological imbalance. Progress inBioethics is the first book to debate the meaning of progressive bioethics and to offer perspectives on the topic both from bioethicists who consider themselves progressive and from bioethicists who do not. It aims to begin a dialogue and to provide a foothold for readers interested in understanding the field. The chapter authors, leading scholars in the field, discuss the meaning of progressive bioethics, the rise of conservative bioethics, the progressive stance toward biotechnology, the interplay of progressive bioethics and religion, and progressive approaches to such specific policy issues as bioethics commissions, stem cell research, and health-care reform.

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"This volume is a "veritable manifesto" of the progressivist bioethicist perspective on the major issues of the bioethical movement today." — Edmund D.

Pellegrino, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"The essays in this book are beautifully written, with each author presenting a well-reasoned thesis in an eloquent and passionate yet respectful and civil manner. In an age in which controversy is all too often accompanied by confrontation and argumentative discourse, the overall tone of this anthology is refreshing. The book successfully meets the goal of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of progressivism in bioethics...For scholars, clinicians, and policy-makers whose work is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the primary intellectual debate in bioethics, Progress in Bioethics offers a provocative and stimulating educational experience."— Andrew R. Barnosky, Journal of the American MedicalAssociation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262517423
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Series: Basic Bioethics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 822,458
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan D. Moreno is David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics and Professor ofMedical Ethics and of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Sam Berger is an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

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