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This volume offers a carefully argued, compelling theory of bioethics while eliciting practical implications for a wide array of issues including medical assistance-in-dying, the right to health care, abortion, animal research, and the definition of death. The authors' dual-value theory features mid-level principles, a distinctive model of moral status, a subjective account of well-being, and a cosmopolitan view of global justice. In addition to ethical theory, the book investigates the nature of harm and autonomous action, personal identity theory, and the 'non-identity problem' associated with many procreative decisions. Readers new to particular topics will benefit from helpful introductions, specialists will appreciate in-depth theoretical explorations and a novel take on various practical issues, and all readers will benefit from the book's original synoptic vision of bioethics. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.Read more
- Provides accessible introductions to numerous topics in bioethics, helping to illuminate the reasoning behind the authors' dual-value theory of ethics
- Demonstrates the real-world implications of the dual-value theory, and shows how it can be deployed in addressing practical issues
- This book is also available as Open Access
Reviews & endorsements
‘DeGrazia and Millum are distinguished philosophers who, in this superb book, develop and defend a pluralistic ethical theory that is respectful of common sense moral beliefs without being subservient to them. They test and refine the theory by exploring its implications for a variety of controversial issues and, in the process, substantially advance our understanding of numerous bioethical problems. They are never dogmatic. Their lucidly written book instead provides much-needed guidance for careful moral reflection on issues of the greatest importance.' Jeff McMahan, White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of OxfordSee more reviews
‘For too long, bioethics has been in the thrall of the four principles of autonomy, beneficience, non-maleficence and justice. With a broader philosophical perspective and more rigorous analysis, DeGrazia and Millum bring bioethics into the 21st century. They integrate a richer understanding of ethics, including well-being and non-identity, with application to a wider range of the most pressing bioethical issues of the day, such as how we should treat animals, fetuses, and enhancements. This book is a much needed advance for bioethics.' Ezekiel J. Emmanuel M.D., Ph.D.
‘well worth reading for its in-depth discussions of many theoretical and practical issues.’ Bonnie Steinbock, Bioethics
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- Date Published: August 2021
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781009011747
- length: 300 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 150 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
3. Outline of the Dual Value Theory
4. Nonmaleficence and Negative Constraints
6. Distributive Justice and Beneficence
7. Moral Status
9. Personal Identity Theory
10. Creating Human Beings
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