The Edge of Life: Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics

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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 ...
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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.
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“Kaczor addresses a number of today’s key bioethical issues, in light of ‘the dignity of the person, both as an agent and as a patient’ … . Kaczor’s focus not only on human dignity, but also, and more specifically, on human action … . In general and in most particulars, The Edge of Life is an insightful and welcome contribution … .” (Kevin E. Miller, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Autumn, 2008)

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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?

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