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Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium


  • Date Published: November 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521253246

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  • Can the Hippocratic and Judeo-Christian traditions be synthesized with contemporary thought about practical reason, virtue and community to provide real-life answers to the dilemmas of healthcare today? Bishop Anthony Fisher discusses conscience, relationships and law in relation to the modern-day controversies surrounding stem cell research, abortion, transplants, artificial feeding and euthanasia, using case studies to offer insight and illumination. What emerges is a reason-based bioethics for the twenty-first century; a bioethics that treats faith and reason with equal seriousness, that shows the relevance of ancient wisdom to the complexities of modern healthcare scenarios and that offers new suggestions for social policy and regulation. Philosophical argument is complemented by Catholic theology and analysis of social and biomedical trends, to make this an auspicious example of a new generation of Catholic bioethical writing which has relevance for people of all faiths and none.

    • An example of a new generation of Catholic bioethical writing, addressing issues of significant contemporary interest
    • Covers a range of foundational issues in contemporary ethics, including some topics not addressed in most bioethics books to date, such as conscience, artificial nutrition and bio lawmaking
    • Written from within the Catholic tradition, but uses language and forms of argument that are accessible to people of all religions and none
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A work of excellent and accessible scholarship. A clear, coherent and contemporary treatment of bioethics in the Catholic tradition. Highly recommended to anyone interested in bioethics, Catholic or secular.' John Keown, Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington DC

    'These chapters show how the resources of the Catholic moral tradition can be brought to bear on novel and difficult bioethical problems. They will be of great use not least for those who wish to engage with a range of perspectives before coming to their own conclusions. I could think of no better or more thoughtful introduction to the discipline of Catholic bioethics.' Professor David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre

    'Bishop Anthony Fisher's Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium provides coherent and comprehensive coverage of many of the most disputed topics in bioethics. With both clarity and charity, Bishop Fisher dispels the myths and misunderstandings that obscure inherent dignity of the human person. He shows the compatibility of faith and reason and ably defends Catholic teaching against critiques from both dissenting theologians and secular philosophers.' Christopher Kaczor, Loyola Marymount University

    '… serves as a wonderful example of the very best of theological and philosophical reflection on contemporary issues of interest.' The Tablet

    '… this is a fine work on a variety of questions in Catholic bioethics … Fisher is clearly an articulate evangelical witness for the 'gospel of life', and an intellectually formidable exponent of the Catholic tradition. This is an extraordinarily fine treatment of a John Paul ll approach to bioethics.' The Thomist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521253246
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. How Are We to Do Bioethics?: Section 1. Context: Challenges and Resources of a New Millennium:
    1. Sex and life in post-modernity
    2. Catholic engagement with the culture of modernity
    3. Promising developments
    4. Conclusion
    Section 2. Conscience: The Crisis of Authority:
    5. The voice of conscience
    6. The voice of the magisterium
    7. Conscience in post-modernity
    8. Where to from here?
    Section 3. Cooperation: Should We Ever Collaborate with Wrongdoing?:
    9. Traditional example
    10. Five modern examples
    11. Some fundamental issues raised by these examples
    12. Why it matters so much
    13. Conclusion
    Part II. Beginning-of-Life: Section 4. Beginnings: When Do People Begin?:
    14. Method, thesis and implications
    15. A closer look at Ford's science
    16. A closer look at Ford's philosophy
    17. Individuality criteria
    18. Conclusions
    Section 5. Stem Cells: What's All the Fuss About?:
    19. Scientific potential and concerns about stem cells
    20. Ethical concerns about embryonic stem cells
    21. Social concerns about embryonic stem cells
    Section 6. Abortion - and the New Eugenics:
    22. The perennial debate about abortion
    23. Pre-natal screening: a search and destroy mission?
    24. The new abortion debate
    Part III. Later Life: Section 7. Transplants: Bodies, Relationships and Ethics:
    25. Love beyond death
    26. Conceptions of the body and relationships in organ transplantation
    27. Fashionable bioethical approaches to organ procurement
    28. Better bioethical approaches to organ procurement
    29. Ethical issues in organ reception
    30. Conclusion
    Section 8. Artificial Nutrition: Why do Unresponsive Patients Matter?:
    31. Civilisation after Schiavo?
    32. Why the unresponsive still matter: a philosophical account
    33. Why the unresponsive still matter: a theological account
    34. Some final questions
    Section 9. Endings: Suicide and Euthanasia in the Bible:
    35. The problem of suicide and euthanasia in the Bible
    36. Suicides and euthanasias in the Bible
    37. The Scriptural basis of Judeo-Christian opposition to suicide and euthanasia
    Part IV. Protecting Life: Section 10. Identity: What Role for a Catholic Hospital?:
    38. A tale of two hospitals
    39. Current challenges for Catholic hospitals
    40. Catholic hospitals as diakonia
    41. Catholic hospitals as martyria
    42. Catholic hospitals as leitourgia
    43. Conclusion: six tasks for a new century
    Section 11. Regulation: What Kinds of Laws and Social Policies?:
    44. A tale of three politicians
    45. Catholic principles for politicians
    46. Reasonable stances for a pro-life politician
    47. Some virtues of a pro-life politician.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary Moral Problems
    • Neuroethics
    • Theology of Death and Dying
  • Author

    Anthony Fisher, University of Notre Dame, Sydney
    Anthony Fisher, OP is a Dominican friar and the Bishop of Parramatta, in Western Sydney. He is a Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics in the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics in the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

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