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Modern scientific and medical advances bring new complexity and urgency to ethical issues in health care and biomedical research. This book applies the American philosophical theory of pragmatism to such bioethics. Critics of pragmatism argue that it lacks a universal moral foundation. Yet it is this very lack of a metaphysical dividing line between facts and values that makes pragmatism such a rigorous and appropriate method for solving problems in bioethics. For pragmatism, ethics is a way of satisfying the complex demands of multiple individuals and groups in a contingent and changing world. Pragmatism also demands careful attention to the ways in which scientific advances change our values and ethics.The essays in this book present different approaches to pragmatism and different ways of applying pragmatism to scientific and medical matters. They use pragmatism to guide thinking about such timely topics as stem cell research, human cloning, genetic testing, human enhancement, and care for the poor and aging. This new edition contains three new chapters, on difficulties with applying pragmatism to law and bioethics, on helping people to die, and on embryonic stem cell research.

Synopsis:

Using the perspective of pragmatism to guide the American debate about bioethics.

About the Author

Glenn McGee is Professor of Medical Ethics, Philosophy, and History and Sociology of Science; Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania; and a Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of the Wharton School of Business. He is the editor of The American Journal of Bioethics (MIT Press) and the coeditor, with Arthur Caplan, of the MIT Press Basic Bioethics series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262632720
Editor:
McGee, Glenn
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Editor:
McGee, Glenn
Author:
McGee, Glenn
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Pragmatism
Subject:
Bioethics
Subject:
Medical ethics
Subject:
Ethics, Medical
Subject:
Philosophy, Medical.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
second edition
Series:
Basic Bioethics Pragmatic Bioethics
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
309
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18

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