Bioethics An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521714591

ISBN-13: 9780521714594

Edition: 2012

Authors: Marianne Talbot

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An understanding of the ethical implications of their work is now essential for all scientists. This accessible textbook clearly explains bioethical theories and their philosophical foundations to science students, enabling them to confidently take part in the key ethical debates of biotechnology. Over 200 activities introduce topics for personal reflection and discussion points encourage students to think for themselves and build their own arguments. Highlighting the potential pitfalls for those new to bioethics, each chapter features boxes providing factual information and outlining the philosophical background. Accompanying online podcasts by the author (two of whose podcasts on iTunesU have attracted over 3 million downloads) explain points that might be difficult for beginners. Detailed case studies provide an insight into real-life examples of bioethical problems. Within-chapter essay questions and quizzes, along with end-of-chapter review questions, allow students to check their understanding and encourage broader thinking about the topics discussed.
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Book details

List price: $70.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 476
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Marianne Talbot has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education since 2001, where she is responsible for the university's lifelong learning in philosophy. Talbot pioneered Oxford's popular online short courses and has more recently specialised in teaching ethics to scientists. She teaches ethics for doctoral training centres in Oxford and in London and has trained the EPSCR itself in ethics.

Preface
Using this book
Notes for instructors
Bioethics and Ethics
Biotechnology and bioethics: what it's all about
Ethics in general: ethics, action and freedom
Ethics in the context of society: ethics, society and the law
Ethical theories: virtue, duty and happiness
Identifying and evaluating arguments: logic and morality
General arguments: unnatural, disgusting, risky, only opinion
The Beginning and End of Life
Cloning
Therapeutic cloning: the moral status of embryos
Reproductive cloning: science and science fiction
Reproduction
Reproductive freedom: rights, responsibilities and choice
The resources of reproduction: eggs, sperm and wombs for sale
Screening and embryo selection: eliminating disorders or people?
Ageing and Death
Ageing and immortality: the search for longevity
Death and killing: the quality and value of life
In The Midst of Life
Our Duties to Ourselves
Human enhancement: the more the better?
Bio-information: databases, privacy and the fight against crime
Security and defence: security sensitivity, publication and warfare
Our Duties to Each Other
Food and energy security: GM food, biofuel and the media
Bio-ownership: who owns the stuff of life?
Human justice: the developed and developing worlds
Our Duties to Nature
Non-human animals: consciousness, rationality and animal rights
The living and non-living environment: spaceship Earth
Index
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