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Bioethics: A Philosophical Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-7456-2617-8
240 pages
September 2002, Polity
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This book provides a clear and stimulating introduction to bioethics - from the more familiar debates on euthanasia, living wills and new reproductive technologies such as IVF, through to the philosophical implications of recent developments in genetics such as prenatal genetic therapy, genetic enhancement and human cloning.

  • Offers a clear and stimulating textbook introduction to contemporary issues in bioethics.
  • Provides original and provocative contributions to ongoing debates.
  • Guides the reader from the more familiar debates on euthanasia, advance directives, and new reproductive technologies, through to the philosophical implications of developments such as prenatal genetic therapy, genetic enhancement and human cloning.
  • The book is built around four important themes: the nature of moral status (eg of embryos or animals); life, death, and killing (eg euthanasia); the threat to personal identity; the question of whether biomedical innovations can be ‘unnatural’.
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Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

PART I: Moral Status.

Introduction to Part I.

1. Stem Cell Therapy.

2. Xenotransplantation.

Part I: Concluding Remarks.

PART II: Life, Death and Killing.

Introduction to Part II.

3. The Value of Life.

4. What is Death?.

5. Killing versus Letting Die.

Part II: Concluding Remarks.

PART III: Personal Identity.

Introduction to Part III.

6. Prenatal Genetic Intervention.

7. Advance Directives.

Part III: Concluding Remarks.

PART IV: The Normativity of the 'Natural'.

Introduction to Part IV.

8. Managing Reproduction.

9. Genetic Enhancement.

10. Human Cloning.

Part IV: Concluding Remarks.

Concluding Remark: Deontic Constraints on Biomedicine.

References.

Index.

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Stephen Holland is a Lecturer in Philosophy and Health Sciences at University of York.
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  • Offers a clear and stimulating textbook introduction to contemporary issues in bioethics.
  • Provides original and provocative contributions to ongoing debates.
  • Guides the reader from the more familiar debates on euthanasia, advance directives, and new reproductive technologies, through to the philosophical implications of developments such as prenatal genetic therapy, genetic enhancement and human cloning.
  • The book is built around four important themes: the nature of moral status (eg of embryos or animals); life, death, and killing (eg euthanasia); the threat to personal identity; the question of whether biomedical innovations can be ‘unnatural’.
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"Stephen Holland takes us beyond sound-bites and media hype. In an analytically rigorous and engaging way, he links questions of euthanasia, embryo experimentation and xenotransplantation to such philosophical issues as moral status and personal identity. The subject badly needs contributions of this kind. Holland's book will be welcomed by all those who want to gain a deeper understanding of a subject of enormous complexity." Helga Kuhse Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University <!--end-->


"This refreshing approach to bioethics fills a significant gap in the literature by structuring discussion around four deontological themes. A must for everyone who wants to understand and think clearly about nonconsequentialist bioethics, this book engages with issues at the forefront of contemporary debate." Ruth Chadwick, ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Lancaster University

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