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How Virtues Become Vices: Values, Medicine and Social Context

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Evaluation and Explanation in the Biomedical Sciences

Part of the book series: Philosophy and Medicine ((PHME,volume 1))

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I begin with three distinct groups of problems, each so urgent that the medical conscience ought to be — and indeed clearly is — haunted by them — and not only the medical conscience. Consider first such problems as: ought abortion to be legal? Is it ever morally right? Ought those in extremes of pain to have the right to take their own lives? Ought physicians to have the right to take the lives of patients with terminal cancer, who are in extreme pain?

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  1. Charles L. Stevenson, Ethics and Language ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1944 ).

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  2. Colin M. Turnbull, The Mountain People (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972 ).

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  3. Alexander Gerschenkron, “The Modernization of Entrepreneurship,” in Modernization: The Dynamics of Growth,ed. by Myron Wiener (New York: Basic Books, 1966), pp. 246 f.

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© 1975 D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland

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Macintyre, A. (1975). How Virtues Become Vices: Values, Medicine and Social Context. In: Engelhardt, H.T., Spicker, S.F. (eds) Evaluation and Explanation in the Biomedical Sciences. Philosophy and Medicine, vol 1. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-1769-5_7

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