Confucian Bioethics

  • Ruiping Fan

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 61)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Introduction: Towards a Confucian Bioethics

  3. Body, Health and Virtue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
  4. Suicide, Euthanasia and Medical Futility

  5. “Human Drugs” and Human Experimentation

  6. Just Health Care and the Confucian Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-320

About this book


This volume explores Confucian views regarding the human body, health, virtue, suffering, suicide, euthanasia, `human drugs,' human experimentation, and justice in health care distribution. These views are rooted in Confucian metaphysical, cosmological, and moral convictions, which stand in contrast to modern Western liberal perspectives in a number of important ways. In the contemporary world, a wide variety of different moral traditions flourish; there is real moral diversity. Given this circumstance, difficult and even painful ethical conflicts often occur between the East and the West with regard to the issues of life, birth, reproduction, and death. The essays in this volume analyze the ways in which Confucian bioethics can clarify important moral concepts, provide arguments, and offer ethical guidance. The volume should be of interest to both general readers coming afresh to the study of bioethics, ethics, and Confucianism, as well as for philosophers, ethicists, and other scholars already familiar with the subject.


Confucianism Ethics bioethics death health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Ruiping Fan
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Medical Ethics and Health PolicyBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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