The Philosophy of Medicine

Framing the Field

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics: An Introduction to the Framing of a Field

  3. The Philosophy of the Body and Bioethics

  4. Euthanasia, Secular Priests, And the Centrality of Choice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. George J. Agich
      Pages 117-137
  5. Fundamental Categories: The Mind, Equity, The State, and Time

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-254

About this book


The term `bioethics' was coined in 1971, just as interest in the medical humanities claimed a prominent place in medical education. Out of this interest, a substantial area of research and scholarship took shape: the philosophy of medicine. This field has been directed to the epistemological, ontological, and value-theoretical issues occasioned by medicine and the biomedical sciences. Bioethics is nested in this field and can only be fully understood in terms of the foundational issues it addresses. This collection of essays in honor of Stuart F. Spicker, one of the individuals who gave shape to the philosophy of medicine, lays out the broad scope of concerns from the philosophy of embodiment, to issues of the role of ethics consultants, to concepts of disease, equity and the meaning of history.


Immanuel Kant Moral anthropology bioethics ethics health ontology philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentRice University, Baylor College of MedicineUSA

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