Covenants of Life

Contemporary Medical Ethics in Light of the Thought of Paul Ramsey

  • Kenneth L. Vaux
  • Sara Vaux
  • Mark Stenberg

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 77)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: The Theological, Medical and Philosophical Contexts of Paul Ramsey’s Medical Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David H. Smith
      Pages 3-8
    3. Ronald A. Carson
      Pages 9-18
    4. Kenneth L. Vaux, Mark Stenberg
      Pages 19-31
  3. Fundamental Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Oliver O’Donovan
      Pages 35-56
    3. Leon R. Kass
      Pages 57-69
    4. Paul F. Camenisch
      Pages 71-84
    5. Paul Ramsey
      Pages 85-102
  4. Theological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Byron L. Sherwin
      Pages 105-125
    3. Allen Verhey
      Pages 127-145
    4. Paul Ramsey
      Pages 147-169
  5. Medical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. William G. Bartholome
      Pages 191-199
    3. Paul Ramsey
      Pages 201-234
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-257

About this book


The intense fervor of a Mississippi Methodist preacher, the meticulous reasoning of an Oxford logician, the dogged persistence of a head longshoreman, the unflagging humor of a Rabelaisian satirist. To have met Paul Ramsey at a lecture in a medical university; a heady conference at Hastings-on­ Hudson; a congressional hearing; deliberations at a church assembly; or a bull session in some coffee shop was to be confronted with a gentleman of unforgettable energy, insight, and delight. In many roles--as a young instructor in religious studies at Princeton University, a concerned moral theologian commenting on the ethics of the "sit-ins" and nuclear issues, an observer and dialogue partner with physicians at Georgetown and other medical centers, a faithful editor and analyst of Jonathan Edwards' ethical writings, a trustee of the Hastings center, a voluminous correspondent with others who would join to disciplined pursuit of values--Paul Ramsey in all roles was indefatigable in zeal, rigorous in demand and gracious in coadventuring (to use one of his wonderful metaphors). This volume captures a unique exchange between Paul Ramsey and his most prominent colleagues. In one sense it remains a Festschrift in his honor, characterized, at times, by a markedly informal tone.


Medical Ethics applied ethics death ethics health

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth L. Vaux
    • 1
  • Sara Vaux
    • 2
  • Mark Stenberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Garrett-Evangelical Theological SeminaryEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.House of Mercy in LowertownSt. PaulUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6189-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9898-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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