Life Science Ethics

  • Gary L. Comstock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Ethical Reasoning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gary L. Comstock
      Pages 3-13
    3. Gary L. Comstock
      Pages 15-29
    4. Lilly-Marlene Russow
      Pages 31-66
    5. Gary L. Comstock
      Pages 67-89
  3. Life Science Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Lilly-Marlene Russow
      Pages 93-121
    3. Paul B. Thompson
      Pages 123-144
    4. Charles Taliaferro, Stephen Carpenter
      Pages 145-173
    5. Hugh LaFollette, Larry May
      Pages 175-188
    6. Fred Gifford
      Pages 189-220
    7. Gary L. Comstock
      Pages 221-238
    8. Gary Varner
      Pages 239-265
    9. Richard Haynes
      Pages 267-285
    10. Stephen M. Gardiner
      Pages 287-331
    11. Christopher M. Kelty
      Pages 333-354
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Donald J. Orth
      Pages 357-366
    3. Jochum Wiersma, Deon Stuthman, David Fan, Donald Duvick, Victor Konde
      Pages 367-373
    4. Isabel Lopez-Calderon, Steven Hill, L. Horst Grimme, Michael Lawton, Anabela M. L. Romano
      Pages 375-376
    5. Mike Zeller, Terrance Riordan, Halina Zaleski, Dean Herzfeld, Kathryn Orvis
      Pages 377-380
    6. Thomas Peterson, Bryony Bonning
      Pages 381-385
    7. Kristen Hessler, Ross Whetten, Carol Loopstra, Sharon Shriver, Karen Pesaresi Penner, Robert Zeigler et al.
      Pages 387-399
    8. Robert Streiffer, Sara Gavrell Ortiz
      Pages 405-422
    9. Donald F. Boesch, Victoria J. Coles, David G. Kimmel, W. David Miller
      Pages 423-434
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 451-482

About this book


This second edition of Life Science Ethics includes four essays not found in the first edition: ·          Richard Haynes on “Animals in Research” ·          Stephen M. Gardiner on “Climate Change” ·          Christopher Kelty on “Nanotechnology” ·          Gary Comstock on “Genetically Modified Foods”   and a revised and expanded version of the chapter on “Farms” in which Stephen Carpenter joins Charles Taliaferro as author.    In addition, Part III has been thoroughly revised with the goal of focusing attention on salient examples. Three new case studies have been added:   ·          Robert Streiffer and Sara Gavrell Ortiz on “Enviropigs” ·          Donald F. Boesch, et al. on “Coastal Dead Zones” ·          Deb Bennett-Woods on “Nanotechnology and Human Enhancement”   The first edition was praised for providing instructors with a stimulating text that will help students hone their critical thinking skills. That text is here enhanced with treatments of critical new issues, including global warming, nanotechnology, and the possibility that bioengineering may be able to change human nature. The new edition includes classroom discussion questions for use in provoking and guiding in-class discussions.   Part I introduces ethics, the relationship of religion to ethics, how we assess ethical arguments, and a method ethicists use to reason about ethical theories. Part II demonstrates the relevance of ethical reasoning to the environment, land, farms, food, biotechnology, genetically modified foods, animals in agriculture and research, climate change, and nanotechnology. Part III presents case studies for the topics found in Part II. Two appendices include exercises to help students learn systematic ways of thinking through ethical dilemmas and notes for instructors using the book as a text.   "...cleverly designed...scholarly and readable...the approach should help capture the attention of today's undergraduates."  - Agricultural Economics   Gary L. Comstock is Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University, author of Vexing Nature? On the Ethical Case against Agricultural Biotechnology (Kluwer, 2000), and Editor-in-chief of On the Human at the National Humanities Center.


Agriculture Environment Life Sciences Philosophy Religion biotechnology ethics

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