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The Ethics of Reproductive Genetics

Between Utility, Principles, and Virtues

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  • Brings together a group of distinguished scholars on the much debated topic of the moral, legal and social challenges of reproductive genetics

  • Presents a review of the major ethical theories used in the context of justifying morally right decisions in medical practice and biomedical research

  • Contributes highly to the global debate on reproductive genetics and medical ethics

Part of the book series: Philosophy and Medicine (PHME, volume 128)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii

About this book

This book is aimed at analyzing the foundations of medical ethics by considering different moral theories and their implications for judgments in clinical practice and policy-making. It provides a review of the major types of ethical theory that can be applied to medical and bioethical issues concerning reproductive genetics. In response to the debate on the most adequate ethical doctrine to guide biomedical decisions, this book formulates views that capture the best elements in each, bearing in mind their differences and taking into account the specific character of medicine. No historically influential position in ethics is by itself adequate to be applied to reproductive decisions. Thus, this book attempts to offer a pluralistic approach to biomedical research and medical practice. One usually claims that there are some basic principles (non-maleficence, beneficence, confidentiality, autonomy, and justice) which constitute the foundations of bioethics and medical ethics. Yet these principles conflict with each other and one needs some criteria to solve these conflicts and to specify the scope of application of these principles. Exploring miscellaneous ethical approaches as introduced to biomedicine, particularly to reproductive genetics, the book shall elucidate their different assumptions concerning human nature and the relations between healthcare providers, recipients, and other affected parties (e.g. progeny, relatives, other patients, society). The book attempts to answer the question of whether the tension between these ethical doctrines generates conflict in the field of biomedicine or if these competing approaches could in some way complement each other. In this respect, lecturers and researchers in bioethics would be interested in this reading this book.

Keywords

  • medical bioethics
  • Assisted Reproduction
  • Human Genetics
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Medical Ethics
  • philosophy and law
  • philosophical and legal studies
  • CRISPR
  • kantean deontology
  • biomedical decision-making
  • reproductive cloning
  • human gene therapy

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

    Marta Soniewicka

About the editor

Marta Soniewicka (editor): obtained doctorate both in Law (2007) and in Philosophy (2016). She works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). Her research interests concentrate on the philosophy of law, political philosophy, and ethics (including bioethics). She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, chapters and books, including Granice sprawiedliwości, sprawiedliwość ponad granicami (Boundaries of Justice, Justice Beyond Boundaries, Wolters Kluwer 2010), Paradoksy bioetyki prawniczej (Paradoxes of Legal Bioethics, Wolters Kluwer 2010; along with J. Stelmach & B. Brożek & W. Załuski). She has received numerous awards and scholarships, including  the Fulbright Scholarship (2011), the scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding young scholars (2013-2016), and the award of the Polish weekly magazine “Polityka” (2011).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Ethics of Reproductive Genetics

  • Book Subtitle: Between Utility, Principles, and Virtues

  • Editors: Marta Soniewicka

  • Series Title: Philosophy and Medicine

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60684-2

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-60683-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-09655-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-60684-2

  • Series ISSN: 0376-7418

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-0080

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 257

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Bioethics, Medical Genetics, Philosophy of Medicine

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USD 79.99
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-60684-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)