A Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture, and Identity - Reflective Bioethics (Hardback)Carl Elliott (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
"It is a welcome and original contribution to bioethics.."
-"Medical Humanities Review
"The author uses a Wittgensteinian "anti-theory" to discuss issues in biomedical ethics. Topics include illness and identity, psychopharmacology, the role of clinical ethicists, and narrative in medicine "The Hastings Center Report."
"I had come to the conclusion that I could not stand to read another book in bioethics. They all go over the same ground in the same way. So thank God for Carl Elliott, who has written a book about the philosophy and ethics of medicine that is wise, illuminating, and funny. Elliott has learned Wittgenstein's lessons well and uses them to help us see the moral challenges modern medicine confronts. Even more, he helps us see how we must live if we are to survive not only the care medicine holds out, but our own longings as well."
-Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Divinity School, Duke University
"An absorbing look at the effort to help doctors answer all those questions modern technology poses... Draw[s] on the best kinds of storytelling to illuminate bioethical decision making. He uses [Walker} Percy and other writers such as Kurt Vonnegut to make the point that the big, old questions about the good life and how to live it lie behind the immediate issues of bioethics... A refreshing alternative to routine bioethics discussions."
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