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Companion to Bioethics

ISBN-10: 1405163313
ISBN-13: 9781405163316
Edition: 2nd 2001
List price: $143.00
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Description: This second edition of A Companion to Bioethics, fully revised and updated to reflect the current issues and developments in the field, covers all the material that the reader needs to thoroughly grasp the ideas and debates involved in bioethics.  More...

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List price: $143.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/2/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

This second edition of A Companion to Bioethics, fully revised and updated to reflect the current issues and developments in the field, covers all the material that the reader needs to thoroughly grasp the ideas and debates involved in bioethics. Thematically organized around an unparalleled range of issues, including discussion of the moral status of embryos and fetuses, new genetics, life and death, resource allocation, organ donations, AIDS, human and animal experimentation, health care, and teaching Now includes new essays on currently controversial topics such as cloning and genetic enhancement Topics are clearly and compellingly presented by internationally renowned bioethicists A detailed index allows the reader to find terms and topics not listed in the titles of the essays themselves

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

Born in Australia, Singer received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Melbourne and, in 1971, his B. Phil from University College, Oxford. During his teaching career, he has held positions in philosophy in England, the United States, and Australia. While a student at Oxford, Singer was deeply affected by a group of people who had become vegetarians for ethical reasons. Joining their commitment to the rights of animals, he wrote Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals (1975), a persuasively reasoned, yet clearly understandable defense of the rights of animals. Singer's vocal concern for the proper treatment of animals has triggered a new appreciation of the anthropocentric bias of traditional Western moral philosophy; other philosophers have followed his lead. Complaining that ethical theorists have focused too intensely upon the rights, responsibilities, and treatment of humans, Singer dubs this malady "speciesism" and calls for a broader moral perspective---one that includes a sensitivity to the needs and concerns of other sentient creatures.

List of Contributors
What Is Bioethics? A Historical Introduction
Questions About Bioethics
Ethical Theory and Bioethics
Culture and Bioethics
Gender and Bioethics
Religion and Bioethics
Law and Bioethics
Ethical Approaches
A Principle-based Approach
Exceptionless Rule Approaches
A Utilitarian Approach
A Virtue Ethics Approach
A Care Approach
A Case Approach
Before Birth: Issues Involving Embryos and Fetuses
Mother-Fetus Conflict
Issues In Reproduction
Assisted Reproduction, Prenatal Testing, and Sex Selection
The New Genetics
Gene Therapy
Genetic Enhancement
Creating and Patenting New Life Forms
Genetic Counseling, Testing, and Screening
Life and Death Issues
Medical Decisions at the End of Life
Severely Disabled Newborns
Death, Brain Death, and Persistent Vegetative State
Advance Directives
Voluntary Euthanasia, Suicide, and Physician-assisted Suicide
The Slippery Slope Argument
Resource Allocation
Deciding Between Patients
Society's Allocation of Resources for Health
Is There a Right to Health Care and, If So, What Does It Encompass?
Organ Donations
A World of Transferable Parts
Global Health-care Issues
Global Health Responsibilities
Developing World Challenges
Global Pharmaceutical Markets
Infectious Disease
AIDS as a Global Health Emergency
Experimentation With Humans and Animals
Research Involving Human Beings
Regulating Experimentation in Research and Medical Practice
Research Using Preimplantation Human Embryos
The Moral Status of Animals and Their Use As Experimental Subjects
Ethical Issues in the Practice of Health Care
Informed Consent and Patient Autonomy
Patients Doubtfully Capable or Incapable of Consent
Ethics in Nursing Practice
Global Trends in Nursing Ethics
The Teaching and Practice of Bioethics
Ethics Committees and Ethics Consultants
Teaching Ethics in the Health Professions

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