Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Bioethics (Paperback)
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Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Bioethics (Paperback)

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Paperback 148 Pages / Published: 04/09/2015
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Bioethics and the Human Goods offers students and general readers a brief introduction to bioethics from a "natural law" philosophical perspective. This perspective, which traces its origins to classical antiquity, has profoundly shaped Western ethics and law and is enjoying an exciting renaissance. While compatible with much in the ethical thought of the great religions, it is grounded in reason, not religion. In contrast to the currently dominant bioethical theories of utilitarianism and principlism, the natural law approach offers an understanding of human flourishing grounded in basic human goods, including life, health, friendship, and knowledge, and in the wrongness of intentionally turning against, or neglecting, these goods. The book is divided into two sections: Foundations and Issues. Foundations sketches a natural law understanding of the important ethical principles of autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice and explores different understandings of "personhood" and whether human embryos are persons. Issues applies a natural law perspective to some of the most controversial debates in contemporary bioethics at the beginning and end of life: research on human embryos, abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, the withdrawal of tube-feeding from patients in a "persistent vegetative state," and the definition of death. The text is completed by appendices featuring personal statements by Alfonso Gomez-Lobo on the status of the human embryo and on the definition and determination of death.

Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781626161634
Number of pages: 148
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An impressive and welcome book . . . This book [is] dialectically engaged with an important and influential strand of contemporary bioethics. * American Journal of Bioethics *
The book is well written and offers a different, much-needed voice in contemporary bioethics discussions. . . . [The authors] have largely accomplished the task they set for themselves [and] have presented a solid introduction to bioethics through the lens of natural law theory. * The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly *
This excellent book is an ideal read for the busy clinician. * Catholic Medical Quarterly *
The authors have strongly established credibility in the field and this specific topic. . . . This book meets its primary objective and can act as a great introductory resource for graduate students interested in bioethics because the philosophical arguments are assessable. When compared to other philosophical books in bioethics, this one is accessible to readers outside of mainstream philosophical bioethics and, therefore, an important contribution to the field. * Doody's Book Review *

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