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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.Read more
- 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
Reviews & endorsements
"… 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."
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"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."
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- Date Published: December 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521253246
- length: 344 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 153 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from May 2017
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
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
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
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
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.
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