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Handbook of Bioethics:

Taking Stock of the Field from a Philosophical Perspective

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Part of the book series: Philosophy and Medicine (PHME, volume 78)

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Introduction: Taking Stock of Bioethics From a Philosophical Perspective

  2. The Emergence of Bioethics

  3. Bioethical Theory

  4. Core Concepts in Clinical Ethics

  5. The Public Policy Context


About this book

In general, the history of virtue theory is well-documented (Sherman, 1997; O’Neill, 1996). Its relationship to medicine is also recorded in our work and in that of others (Pellegrino and Thomasma, 1993b; 1996; Drane, 1994; Ellos, 1990). General publications stress the importance of training the young in virtuous practices. Still, the popularity of education in virtue is widely viewed as part of a conservative backlash to modern liberal society. Given the authorship of some of these works by professional conservatives like William Bennett (1993; 1995), this concern is authentic. One might correspondingly fear that greater adoption of virtue theory in medicine will be accompanied by a corresponding backward-looking social agenda. Worse yet, does reaffirmation of virtue theory lacquer over the many challenges of the postmodern world view as if these were not serious concerns? After all, recreating the past is the “retro” temptation of our times. Searching for greater certitude than we can now obtain preoccupies most thinkers today. One wishes for the old clarity and certitudes (Engelhardt, 1991). On the other hand, the same thinkers who yearn for the past, like Engelhardt sometimes seems to do, might stress the unyielding gulf between past and present that creates the postmodern reaction to all systems of Enlightenment thought (1996).

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

    George Khushf

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Bioethics:

  • Book Subtitle: Taking Stock of the Field from a Philosophical Perspective

  • Editors: George Khushf

  • Series Title: Philosophy and Medicine

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-1870-1Published: 31 March 2004

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-1893-0Published: 06 October 2004

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4020-2127-5Published: 11 April 2006

  • Series ISSN: 0376-7418

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-0080

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VI, 570

  • Topics: Life Sciences, general, Ethics, Theory of Medicine/Bioethics, Philosophy of Medicine, Ontology, Medical Law

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