Matters of Life and Death

ISBN-10: 0070513309

ISBN-13: 9780070513303

Edition: 3rd 1993 (Revised)

Authors: Tom Regan, Thomas L. Beauchamp, J. Baird Callicott, Hugo Adam Bedau, Barbara Levenbook

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Book details

List price: $32.81
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Tom Regan is professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A philosopher and writer in the field of biomedical ethics, Thomas Beauchamp was born in Austin, Texas. He was educated at Southern Methodist University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees; at Yale University; and at Johns Hopkins, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1970. That same year Beauchamp joined the philosophy department at Georgetown University, becoming professor of philosophy in 1979. He also served as senior research scholar with the Center for Bioethics at Georgetown's Kennedy Institute. Beauchamp is an influential leader and teacher in the emerging field of biomedical ethics, which deals with the interrelationship of ethics and the complex technology of modern medicine. His concerns have embraced the philosophical and ethical dimensions of health care, therapeutic practice, and medical and biological research. His best known work, Principles of Biomedical Ethics (1979), was the first of an impressive series of studies he produced in the field of bioethics.

Preface
Introduction
Meta-Ethics
Normative Ethics
Euthanasia
An Historical Perspective
Recent Developments
Arguments Supporting the Morality of Active Euthanasia
Arguments Opposing the Morality of Active Euthanasia
The Question of Legalization
Suicide
The Definition of Suicide
Principles Relevant to the Morality of Suicide
Two Opposed Philosophies of Suicide
Suicide Intervention
Assisted Suicide
Morality and Violence: War, Revolution, Terrorism
Moral Theory and Violence
Morality and Violence
Political Violence: War, Revolution, Terrorism
Concluding Reflection on the "Secular Problem of Evil"
Capital Punishment
The Right to Life and Capital Punishment
The Morality of Punishment
The Severity and Indignity of the Death Penalty
Capital Punishment and Social Defense
Capital Punishment and Retributive Justice
Abortion
The Status of the Fetus
The Problem of the Conflict of Claims
Ending World Hunger
Some Criteria for Moral Argument
The Facts of Hunger and Famine
Utilitarian Approaches to Hunger and Famine
Kantian Approaches to Some Famine Problems
Utilitarians, Kantians, and Respect for Life
Nearby Hunger and Poverty
Practical Suggestions
Animals and the Value of Life
Is Human Life of Unique Value?
The Value of a Person's Life
Animal Life
The Search for an Environmental Ethic
The Need for an Environmental Ethic
Two Judeo-Christian Responses to the Environmental Crisis
The Extensionist Approach to Environmental Ethics
The Ecocentric Approach to Environmental Ethics
Index
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
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