The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics / Edition 1

The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics / Edition 1

by Christopher Kaczor
     
 

The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics resituates bioethics in fundamental outlook by challenging both the dominant Kantian and utilitarian approaches to evaluating how new technologies apply to human life. Drawing on an analysis of the dignity of the human person, both as an agent and as the recipient of action, The Edge of Life presents a

See more details below

Overview

The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics resituates bioethics in fundamental outlook by challenging both the dominant Kantian and utilitarian approaches to evaluating how new technologies apply to human life. Drawing on an analysis of the dignity of the human person, both as an agent and as the recipient of action, The Edge of Life presents a "theoretical" approach to the problems of contemporary bioethics and applies this approach to various disputed questions. Should conjoined twins be split, if the division will end the life of the weaker twin? Was Bush's stem cell research decision morally acceptable? Are the 'quality of life' and 'sanctity of life' ethics irreconcilably incompatible?

Accessible to both scholars and students, The Edge of Life focuses particularly on the controversial issues surrounding the beginning and ending of human life, tackling some of the toughest practical questions of bioethics including new reproductive technologies (artificial wombs), stem cell research, abortion and physician assisted suicide, as well as many of its vexing theoretical disputes.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402031557
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Series:
Philosophy and Medicine / Catholic Studies in Bioethics Series, #85
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
155
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.50(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. When Does a Human Being Become a Person? 3. All Human Beings Are Persons. 4. How Is the Dignity of the Person as Agent Realized? Distinguishing Intention from Foresight. 5. An Ethical Assessment of Bush's Guidelines for Stem Cell Research. 6. Moral Absolutism and Ectopic Pregnancy. 7. Could Artificial Wombs End the Abortion Debate? 8. Solomon's Dilemma: Should Conjoined Twins Jodie and Mary Have Been Separated? 9. Capital Punishment and the Catholic Tradition: Contradiction, Circumstantial Application, or Development of Doctrine?

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >