Standing on Principles: Collected Essays

Standing on Principles: Collected Essays

by Tom L. Beauchamp
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Oxford University Press, USA


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Standing on Principles: Collected Essays

Tom L. Beauchamp of Georgetown is one of the founding fathers of contemporary bioethics, and is particularly influential as one of the co-authors (with James Childress) of PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL ETHICS, first published by OUP over 25 years ago and a true cornerstone of contemporary bioethics. This volume is both an introductory textbook as well as a definitive expression of what is known as the dominant "principlist" approach which views bioethical reasoning developing out of four key principles: respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice. This view has been highly influential over the last two decades and has set the agenda for the field.

This volume will collect Tom Beauchamp's 15 most important published articles in bioethics, most of which were published over the last 25 years, and most of which have a strong connection to the principlist approach. Most of the essays included here augment, develop, or defend various themes, positions and arguments in that earlier book, both adding depth as well as taking off in new directions. Among the topic discussed are the historical origins of modern research ethics, to moral principles and methodological concerns. Beauchamp will include a new introduction to explain the history of the essays and their relationship to the principlist theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199737185
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Author of PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL ETHICS, OUP, now in a sixth edition.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

The Belmont Report and the Rise of Principles
1. The Origins and Evolution of the Belmont Report
2. Codes, Declarations, and Other Ethical Guidance for Human Subjects Research:
The Belmont Report

Principlism and Practice
3. The Four Principles Approach to Health Care Ethics
4. Informed Consent: Its History and Nature
5. Who Deserves Autonomy and Whose Autonomy Deserves Respect?
6. The Concept of Paternalism in Biomedical Ethics
7. When Hastened Death is Neither Killing Nor Letting-Die
8. The Exploitation of the Economically Disadvantaged in Pharmaceutical Research

Theory and Method
9. Principles and Other Emerging Paradigms for Bioethics
10. A Defense of the Common Morality
11. From Morality to Common Morality
12. On Eliminating the Distinction between Applied Ethics and Ethical Theory
13. Does Ethical Theory Have a Future in Bioethics?
14. The Failure of Theories of Personhood
15. Looking Back and Judging Our Predecessors


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