Bringing Life to Ethics: Global Bioethics for a Humane Society

Bringing Life to Ethics: Global Bioethics for a Humane Society




Enlarges the meaning and scope of inquiry into our values, relationships, and treatment of animals, the environment, and each other.

Bringing Life to Ethics continues in the tradition of Michael W. Fox’s lifelong inquiry into values, social and personal relationships, and the treatment of animals, the environment, and each other. Fox, the popular nationally syndicated columnist of “Ask the Animal Doctor”, uses the compass of global bioethics in this book—humility, responsibility, interdisciplinary and intercultural competence, and compassion—to counter technological, ecological, and value threats by pointing in the direction of a humane and sustainable society. Not intended to further the scholarly debate over what constitutes ethics, Fox brings ethics into our personal and professional lives. He shows how bioethics has immediate relevance and applicability to a wide range of public and private enterprises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791448014
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/11/2001
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael W. Fox is a graduate veterinarian from the Royal Veterinary College, London, England, with doctoral degrees in medicine and in ethology/animal behavior from the University of London, England. Formerly an associate professor of psychology at Washington University, St. Louis, Dr. Fox has worked full-time in the animal rights and protection movement for the past thirty years, applying science and ethics to improve the treatment and status of animals in society. In addition to his nationally syndicated newspaper column, he has authored more than forty books on animal behavior, rights, welfare, and conservation, including most recently, The Boundless Circle: Caring for Creatures and Creation and Beyond Evolution: The Genetically Altered Future of Plants, Animals, the Earth…and Humans.

Table of Contents

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1. The Origin of Ethics: Personal Reflections

2. Bioethics: Its Scope and Purpose

3. Environmental Ethics and Animal Rights: An Overview

4. People First? Can Human Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental Concerns Be Reconciled?

5. Bioethics of Conservation

6. To Farm Without Harm and Choosing a Humane Diet: The Bioethics of Sustainable Agriculture

7. Humane and Bioethical Concerns of Genetic Engineering Biotechnology

8. Science, Technology, and Ethics

9. Compassion: The New Spirit of Enterprise

10. The Life Ethic of a New Covenant for a Sustainable Economy and Future

11. Good and Evil: A New Perspective

12. Ahimsa (Noninjury) Revisited

13. Justice and the Communal Good

14. Toward a Universal Bioethics: Challenges and Opportunities



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