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Providing readers with the confidence needed to debate key issues in bioethics, this introductory text clearly explains bioethical theories and their philosophical foundations. Over 250 activities introduce topics for personal reflection, and discussion points encourage students to think for themselves and build their own arguments. Highlighting the potential pitfalls for those new to bioethics, each chapter features boxes providing factual information and outlining the philosophical background, along with detailed case studies that offer an insight into real-life examples of bioethical problems. Within-chapter essay questions and quizzes, along with end-of-chapter review questions, allow students to check their understanding and to broaden their thinking about the topics discussed. The accompanying podcasts by the author (two of whose podcasts on iTunesU™ have attracted over 3 million downloads) explain points that might be difficult for beginners. These, along with a range of extra resources for students and instructors, are available at www.cambridge.org/bioethics.Read more
- Explains bioethical issues and their philosophical foundations to science students, providing them with the framework needed to confidently take part in current ethical debates around biotechnology
- Over 200 activities within and at the end of chapters provide topics for personal reflection, paired and group discussions, quizzes and essay questions
- Online resources include author podcasts explaining key philosophical concepts, distinctions, ideas and arguments, plus extra practice questions, links to websites and topical newspaper articles
Reviews & endorsements
"This book is an excellent, unique and comprehensive resource for either an undergraduate or a graduate course. With its wonderful introduction into ethical theory and a multifaceted approach, it is an incomparable resource for the successful teaching of bioethics. The author’s eloquent writing … carefully examines practically every aspect of [this] exciting interdisciplinary [field] … a valuable reading of interest for both students and scholar[s], alike."
Mirjana Brockett, Georgia Institute of Technology, AtlantaSee more reviews
"I do not know of a better introduction and I suspect that it may become the standard text for years to come. It aims to give a sound introduction to people who have had little or no experience of ethics or philosophy, and it does so in a lively, rich and very readable way. Most important of all, it tries to engender a genuinely philosophical approach: fair-minded, rational and critical … a freshness and clarity that will stimulate thinking and discussion even amongst the most jaded students. I feel confident that nurses with the skills of reasoning and the fairness of mind that Bioethics: An Introduction is designed to provide will bring credit to themselves, to their patients and to the health services within which they work."
Dr Trevor Hussey, Nursing Times
"This textbook is well-organized and written clearly, discussing each topic in sufficient depth to give readers a solid introduction to the questions raised. The philosophical approach not only guides readers through critical analysis of the topics presented, but also prepares them to analyze and construct arguments for the questions biotechnology raises in the future."
Jiin-Yu Chen, The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
"… admirably accessible and organised … this book not only makes learning about profound topics easier and more interesting, but it provides lessons for instructors to become more effective teachers."
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- Date Published: June 2012
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Part I. Bioethics and Ethics:
1. Biotechnology and bioethics: what it's all about
2. Ethics in general: ethics, action and freedom
3. Ethics in the context of society: ethics, society and the law
4. Ethical theories: virtue, duty and happiness
5. Identifying and evaluating arguments: logic and morality
6. General arguments: unnatural, disgusting, risky, only opinion
Part II. The Beginning and End of Life
Section 1. Cloning:
7. Therapeutic cloning: the moral status of embryos
8. Reproductive cloning: science and science fiction
Section 2. Reproduction:
9. Reproductive freedom: rights, responsibilities and choice
10. The resources of reproduction: eggs, sperm and wombs for sale
11. Screening and embryo selection: eliminating disorders or people?
Section 3. Ageing and Death:
12. Ageing and immortality: the search for longevity
13. Death and killing: the quality and value of life
Part III. In the Midst of Life
Section 1. Our Duties to Ourselves:
14. Human enhancement: the more the better?
15. Bio-information: databases, privacy and the fight against crime
16. Security and defence: security sensitivity, publication and warfare
Section 2. Our Duties to Each Other:
17. Food and energy security: GM food, biofuel and the media
18. Bio-ownership: who owns the stuff of life?
19. Human justice: the developed and developing worlds
Section 3. Our Duties to Nature:
20. Non-human animals: consciousness, rationality and animal rights
21. The living and non-living environment: spaceship Earth
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