Risk and Luck in Medical Ethics
January 2003, Polity
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- examines the 'moral luck' paradox, relating it to Kantian, consequentialist, and virtue-based approaches to ethics;
- applies the paradoxes of risk and luck to medical ethics, including discussion of the allocation of scarce health care resources, informed consent to treatment, psychiatry, reproductive ethics, genetic testing and medical research;
- offers strong arguments that enable us to think in terms of universal standards for judging ethical systems;
- has direct practical relevance for practitioners as well as philosophers;
- concludes with an examination of the relevance of risk and luck in a medical context to the study of global ethics.
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