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Thirty-four contributors reflect the interdisciplinarity that is characteristic of bioethics, and its increasingly international character. Thirty topics are covered in original essays written by some of the world's leading figures in the field, as well as by some newer 'up-and-comers'. The essays address both perennial issues, such as the methodology of bioethics, autonomy, justice, death, and moral status, and newer issues, such as biobanking, stem cell research, cloning, pharmacogenomics, and bioterrorism. Other topics concern mental illness and moral agency, the rule of double effect, justice and the elderly, the definition of death, organ transplantation, feminist approaches to commodification of the body, life extension, advance directives, physician-assisted death, abortion, genetic research, population screening, enhancement, research ethics, and the implications of public and global health for bioethics. Anyone who wants to know how the central debates in bioethics have developed in recent years, and where the debates are going, will want to consult this book. It will be an invaluable resource not only for scholars and graduate students in bioethics, but also for those in philosophy, medicine, law, theology, social science, public policy, and public health who wish to keep abreast of developments in bioethics.
Bonnie Steinbock is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Albany, State University of New York. Her specialization is biomedical ethics, particularly reproduction and genetics.
Table of Contents
Notes on the Contributors
Theoretical and Methodological Issues
Methods in Bioethics
The Way We Reason Now: Reflective Equilibrium in Bioethics
Mental Disorder, Moral Agency, and the Self
'Reinventing' the Rule of Double Effect
Justice and Policy
Policy-Making in Pluralistic Societies
Tiers Without Tears: The Ethics of a Two-Tier Health Care System
Justice and the Elderly
Bodies and Bodily Parts
For Dignity or Money: Feminists on the Commodification of Women's Reproductive Labour
The End of Life
The Definition of Death
The Aging Society and the Expansion of Senility: Biotechnological and Treatment Goals
Death Is a Punch in the Jaw: Life-Extension and its Discontents
Precedent Autonomy, Advance Directives, and End-of-Life Care
Physician-Assisted Death: The State of the Debate
Reproduction and Cloning
Moral Status, Moral Value, and Human Embryos: Implications for Stem Cell Research
Therapeutic Cloning: Politics and Policy
Genetics and Enhancement
Population Genetic Research and Screening: Conceptual and Ethical Issues
Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Enhancement of Human Beings
Pharmacogenomics: Ethical and Regulatory Issues
Clinical Equipoise: Foundational Requirement or Fundamental Error?
Research on Cognitively Impaired Adults
Research in Developing Countries
Public and Global Health
The Implications of Public Health for Bioethics
Bioethics and Bioterrorism
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