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Methods in Medical Ethics: Critical Perspectives

Methods in Medical Ethics: Critical Perspectives

by Tom Tomlinson


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Over the last several decades, bioethicists have championed a bewildering variety of methods for understanding and resolving difficult ethical problems in medicine, including: principlism, wide reflective equilibrium, casuistry, feminism, virtue theory, narrative, and others. Much of this advocacy overlooks the limitations of the favored method, and also neglects the strengths found in alternative approaches.

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ISBN-13: 9780195161243
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/27/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tom Tomlinson has been writing, speaking and teaching on a wide variety of issues in medical ethics since 1981. He has provided clinical ethics consultation for several hospitals in Michigan, and advised on policy for a variety of health care institutions. His work on determinations of death and futile resuscitation have significantly affected medical practice and policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 The Indispensability of Principles 1

2 The Limits of Principles 22

3 Putting Principles in Context: Balancing, Specification, and Reflective Equilibrium 47

4 Casuistry: Ruled by Cases 84

5 Narrative Ethics: The Uses of Stories 115

6 Feminism, Context, and Care 150

7 Virtue Theory 185

8 Fitting Methods to Cases 213

Index 237

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