Quality of Life in Jewish Bioethics

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Overview

This anthology of original essays by leading thinkers in the field gathers together in one place voices from diverse theological and practical commitments. Unlike other publications on Jewish bioethics, it adopts an explicitly pluralistic stance. The book addresses tension between the 'quality of life' and the 'sanctity of life' issues, and will be of interest to lay readers, graduate students of bioethics, and rabbis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739114452
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/20/2006
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Noam J. Zohar is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and director of the graduate program in bioethics at Bar Ilan University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the expanding goals of medicine and the quest for refocusing Jewish bioethics 1
1 Understanding "quality of life" : does it have a role in medical decision-making? 11
2 Is enjoying life a good thing? : quality-of-life questions for Jewish normative discourse 19
3 The shomer - qualities of mercy and quality of life : arguments from Jewish bioethics 33
4 Do the qualities of story influence the quality of life? : some perspectives on the limitations and enhancements of narrative ethics 55
5 The place of hope in patient care : a review essay of Jerome Groopman's The anatomy of hope: how people prevail in the face of illness 67
6 Balancing parents' and children's quality of life : dilemmas in caregiving 77
7 Family obligations and caregivers' quality of life : thoughts from Halakhic sources 89
8 Reflections on enhancement, authenticity, and aging 99
9 The theological and Halakhic legitimacy of medical therapy and enhancement 113
10 Therapy and enhancement : Jewish values on the power and purpose of medicine 121
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