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Bioethical Decision Making and Argumentation

  • Pedro  Serna
  • José-Antonio Seoane
  • The only book dealing with the unavoidable link between bioethics and legal argumentation

  • Accurately describes and sharply assesses the main methodological approaches for clinical decision-making

  • Contains a collection of plural contributions of international scholars on the decisive and underrated topic of bioethical argumentation


Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 70)

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About this book


This book clarifies the meaning of the most important and pervasive concepts and tools in bioethical argumentation (principles, values, dignity, rights, duties, deliberation, prudence) and assesses the methodological suitability of the main methods for clinical decision-making and argumentation. The first part of the book is devoted to the most developed or promising approaches regarding bioethical argumentation, namely those based on principles, values and human rights. The authors then continue to deal with the contributions and shortcomings of these approaches and suggest further developments by means of substantive and procedural elements and concepts from practical philosophy, normative systems theory, theory of action, human rights and legal argumentation. Furthermore, new models of biomedical and health care decision-making, which overcome the aforementioned criticism and stress the relevance of the argumentative responsibility, and some legal and institutional reflection on international bioethics committees, are included.


UNESCO Declaration on bioethics and human rights argumentation in bioethics committees bioethical argumentation bioethical decision making process bioethical decision-making bioethics and argumentation bioethics and human rights clinical decision making common morality doctrine of the double effect health care decision making non-discursive dimensions of reasoning normative systems theory principlism in bioethics proportionality versus principlism the Belmont Report the values-based deliberative approach the virtues based-approach theory of action values and bioethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Pedro  Serna
    • 1
  • José-Antonio Seoane
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR)LogroñoSpain
  2. 2.Research Group Philosophy, Constitution and Rationality School of LawUniversidade da CoruñaA CoruñaSpain

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