Feeling Good and Doing Better: Ethics and Nontherapeutic Drug Use / Edition 1

Feeling Good and Doing Better: Ethics and Nontherapeutic Drug Use / Edition 1

by Thomas H. Murray
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Feeling Good and Doing Better: Ethics and Nontherapeutic Drug Use / Edition 1

The place of drugs in American society is a problem more apt to evoke diatribe than dialog. With the support of the Na­ tional Science Foundation's program on Ethics and Values in Science and Technology, and the National Endowment for the Humanities' program on Science, Technology, and Human Values,
• The Hastings Center was able to sponsor such dialog as part of a major research into the ethics of drug use that spanned two years. We assembled a Research Group from leaders in the scientific, medical, legal, and policy com­ munities, leavened with experts in applied ethics, and brought them together several times a year to discuss the moral, legal and social issues posed by nontherapeutic drug use. At times we also called on other experts when we needed certain issues clarified. We did not try to reach a consensus, yet several broad areas of agreement emerged: That our society's response to nontherapeutic drug use has been irrational and inconsistent; that our attempts at control have been clumsy and ill-informed; that many complex moral values are entwined in the debate and cannot be reduced to a simple conflict between individual liberty and state paternalism. Of course each paper should be read as the statement of that particular author or authors. The views expressed in this book do not necessarily represent the views of The Hastings Center, the National Science Foundation, or the National En­ dowment for the Humanities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896030619
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date: 12/05/1984
Series: Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society Series
Edition description: 1984
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Feeling Good and Doing Better.- I: Social and Political Aspects.- Drug Abuse Policies and Social Attitudes to Risk Taking.- The Social Dilemma of the Development of a Policy on Intoxicant Use.- Controlling the Uncontrollable.- The State’s Intervention in Individuals’ Drug Use: A Normative Account.- II: Pleasure and Performance.- The Use of Drugs for Pleasure: Some Philosophical Issues.- Drugs, Sports, and Ethics.- III: Privacy, the Constitution, and Drug Use.- Implications of the Constitutional Right of Privacy for the Control of Drugs: An Introduction.- Using and Refusing Psychotropic Drugs.- IV: Drugs, Models, and Moral Principles.- Doctors, Drugs Used for Pleasure and Performance, and the Medical Model.- Drugs, Models, and Moral Principles.

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