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Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases, 4th Edition
Authors: Lewis Vaughn (Author)
Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases, Fourth Edition, explores the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of key bioethical issues. Opening with a thorough introduction to ethics, bioethics, and moral reasoning, it then covers influential moral theories and the criteria for evaluating them. Integrating eighty-seven readings–ten of them new to this edition–substantive introductions to each issue, numerous classic bioethical cases, and abundant pedagogical tools, this text addresses the most provocative and controversial topics in bioethics.
This fourth edition of Bioethics embodies all the features that have made it a best-selling textbook and includes all the most important changes and improvements that dozens of teachers have asked for recently and over the years. The book is, therefore, better than ever. And if it isn’t, let even more good teachers say so and let the corrections and enhancements continue. And may the book remain, as so many teachers have said, exactly suitable to their teaching approach.
Bioethics provides in-depth discussions of the philosophical, medical, scientific, social, and legal aspects of controversial bioethical issues and combines this material with a varied collection of thought-provoking readings. But on this foundation are laid elements that other texts sometimes forgo:
1. An extensive introduction to ethics, bioethics, moral principles, critical thinking, and moral reasoning
2. Full coverage of influential moral theories, including criteria and guidelines for evaluating them (the focus is on utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, natural law theory, Rawls’ contract theory, virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and feminist ethics)
3. Detailed examinations of the classic cases that have helped shape debate in major issues.
4. Collections of current, news-making cases for evaluation
5. Many pedagogical features to engage students and reinforce lessons in the main text
6. Writing that strives hard for clarity and concision to convey both the excitement and complexity of issues without sacrificing accuracy
topics and readings
Nine chapters cover many of the most controversial issues in bioethics, detailing the main arguments and filling out the discussions with background on the latest medical, legal, and social developments. The
main issues include paternalism and patient autonomy, truth-telling, confidentiality, informed consent, research ethics, clinical trials, abortion, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, cloning, genetic testing, gene
therapy, stem cells, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and the just allocation of health care.
Every issue chapter contains five to twelve readings, with each selection prefaced by a brief summary.
The articles—old standards as well as new ones— reflect the major arguments and latest thinking in each debate. They present a diversity of perspectives on each topic, with pro and con positions well represented. In most cases, the relevant court rulings are also included.